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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 

U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.

2020Talks - September 23, 2020 

Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, 20 million raised so far to pay court fees and fines for returning citizens to vote.

Archive: August 13, 2020

Food insecurity among older adults and seniors has spiked during the COVID-19 crisis. (Adobe Stock)

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The state's food banks say they're seeing an alarming number of adults approaching retirement age who need help putting food on the table because of lost wages or employment due to COVID-19. Even before the pandemic, Kentucky had the highest rate of food-insecure older adults in t ...Read More

Two dozen jurisdictions across the country have adopted ranked-choice voting. (magele-picture/Adobe Stock)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Voting-rights groups want Yakima County residents to rank candidates in elections. How would that benefit the county? Latino community members and other groups have sued the Board of Yakima County Commissioners under the Washington Voting Rights Act, alleging the current election ...Read More

According to a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute, Minneapolis has 32 times more tobacco retailers than McDonald's eateries, and 14 times more than Starbucks stores. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Many tobacco retailers are located near public schools and in low-income neighborhoods, according to a new study. It maps out the industry's presence in 30 U.S. cities, including Minneapolis. The study found in Minneapolis, 52% of public schools are within 1,000 feet of a tobacco ret ...Read More

At least $116 billion is needed to equip public schools - with masks, plexiglass, cleaning supplies, test kits and other safety measures - to stop COVID-19's spread. (Olgierd Rudak/Flickr)

DENVER -- As students head back to school, some Colorado teachers are raising their hands with safety concerns. Kevin DiPasquale, a Denver-area 8th-grade STEM teacher and member of the American Federation of Teachers Colorado, said he's eager to be back in a classroom with his students. But he does ...Read More

GIS map of coastal North Carolina churches. (Creation Justice Ministries)

AURORA, N.C. -- Faith leaders across the Southeast recently held the first Faith Communities and Climate Resilience Summit, aimed at addressing how congregations can become more resilient in the face of increasing floods, extreme weather events, and other climate-change impacts. Gerald Godette, min ...Read More

Retired Navy Lt. (J.G.) Robert Pennoyer served in Japan during and after the surrender in 1945. (Robert Pennoyer)

BOSTON -- Seventy-five years ago this Saturday, Imperial Japan announced its surrender, ending World War II. Now, an American survivor of Iwo Jima is speaking out on the lessons to be learned, then and now. Retired Navy Lieutenant (J.G.) Robert Pennoyer, 95, was just 19 when his unit helped occupy ...Read More

William Perry Pendley has served as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management since July 2019. (BLM/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. -- A chorus of voices is growing louder for the Trump administration to withdraw William Perry Pendley's nomination as director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Pendley's past as a self-proclaimed "sagebrush rebel" and his advocacy to sell public lands to states has put him in ...Read More

West Virginia advocates for families say the state could lose millions of dollars in program funding if the deadline for the U.S. census count is not extended. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- With the Trump administration cutting the U.S. census count short by a month, advocates for families say West Virginians will pay the price, unless lawmakers pass a pandemic-relief bill that extends the deadline. Census figures help direct enormous amounts of federal funding t ...Read More

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