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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 22, 2020 

It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and the nation's abortion debate are back in the election spotlight.

Archive: August 14, 2020

After-school programs, school lunch assistance, special education, and classroom technology all receive federal funding based on U.S. Census data. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Census Bureau has announced it's wrapping up field operations a month earlier than previously planned, and critics say the move could have serious long-term consequences for North Carolina public schools. The census count determines how much federal education money the state ...Read More

Nonprofits and tribal governments across the country have been active in recruiting more Native American candidates for public office, and increasing voter participation. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Native Americans hope to gain more ground in the 2020 elections. Six Native candidates will be on Minnesota's November ballot in races for the state Senate and House. In 2018, a record number of Native Americans collectively ran for Congress, leadership posts, and legislative se ...Read More

One study concludes facial-recognition technology was up to 100 times more likely to misidentify people of color. (Leszek/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland is poised to pass the strongest ban on facial-recognition technology in the country next month. Nearly a year in the making, the Portland City Council is considering two ordinances. The first would ban government use of facial recognition technology - already passed in ...Read More

As a result of the pandemic, a new report says some Ohio kids are facing food insecurity for the first time. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With myriad public health and economic challenges looming, a new report offers local leaders in Ohio pre-pandemic data on child well-being to help guide the path forward. New 2020 Kids Count County Profiles released yesterday by the Children's Defense Fund Ohio feature research o ...Read More

Agriculture accounts for 93% of the nitrogen pollution reductions needed to meet Pennsylvania's Clean Water Blueprint commitments. (asafaric/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A new report shows Pennsylvania needs to do much more to meet its goal under the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint. Three states are responsible for about 90% of the pollution damaging the bay. The report, from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, says Virginia and Maryland have pl ...Read More

Gas prices in Michigan are $2.10 on average, the same as the national average. (Adobe Stock)

Both sides of the pipeline were shutdown June 25th by court order. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the date was June 19th. (12:48 p.m., August 18, 2020) LANSING, Mich. -- Warnings that shutting down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline would cause gas prices to go through the ceiling ar ...Read More

Puente Hills landfill in the Los Angeles area is the largest waste dump in America. (Britta Gustafson/ Wikipedia)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California, eight other states and the Environmental Defense Fund are asking a federal judge to force the Environmental Protection Agency to act on pollution standards for landfills. Decomposing solid waste in municipal landfills emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas linke ...Read More

New York nurses warn that restarting in-person schooling could spark a resurgence of COVID-19 infections. (Budimir Jevtic/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Nurses are warning that reopening New York public schools for in-person classes risks spreading COVID-19 among students, their families and school staff. The state has approved bringing students back to school this fall, although recent reports show young people are significant carrier ...Read More

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