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PNS Daily Newscast - October 29, 2020 

Trump supporters left to battle frigid temperatures in Omaha; absentee ballots surge in Tennessee.

2020Talks - October 29, 2020 

The Supreme Court blocks North Carolina and Pennsylvania Republicans from requiring ballots to be delivered by Election Day. And a Texas court is requiring masks at polling places.

Archive: August 18, 2020

North Dakota is among the latest states to see a strong push to change how political maps are drawn by proposing it be in the hands of an independent commission. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- This fall, North Dakota voters will consider a measure that proposes a variety of changes some say will improve elections across the state. Last week, North Dakota's secretary of state said supporters of Measure 3 gathered enough signatures to put it on the November ballot. The q ...Read More

State officials are gearing up for several general election changes this year amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky residents concerned about possible exposure to the coronavirus will have the option to vote by mail in November's general election. State officials announced last week that voters simply will have to state their health concerns as a reason for requesting an absentee ballot ...Read More

AARP says any attempt to put Social Security in jeopardy will be met with fierce opposition from its 38 million members. (Ellen26/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- More than 3 million Texans rely on Social Security during retirement, and AARP is calling on people running for office to defend and protect its funding. AARP has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to outline a future funding plan. The letter follows the president ...Read More

The coronavirus has complicated natural-disaster evacuation plans in many North Carolina counties. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A new survey finds more North Carolinians are troubled by the effects of climate change on hurricane season. Out of more than 2,000 respondents who live in southeastern coastal states, around 65% said they think addressing climate change is an important priority for the nation. Ha ...Read More

Social isolation can worsen cognitive ability and lead to premature death in older adults. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Advocates are asking Gov. Bill Lee to supply Tennessee's long-term care facilities with rapid coronavirus testing, with the goal of being able to reunite residents with their families faster. Since early spring, long-term care facilities across the state have closed their door ...Read More

New research into hospitalization rates for COVID-19 in a dozen states is similar to other findings indicating certain minority groups are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A new study reinforces data that show minority groups are disproportionately affected by the spread of the coronavirus. The latest research looked at hospitalization rates in 12 states, including Minnesota. The study was led by Professor Pinar Karaca-Mandic at the University of Minn ...Read More

PPE shortages have forced some health-care workers to recycle single-use respirators. (insta_photos/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Unions and environmental groups are demanding the Trump administration use the Defense Production Act to get personal protective equipment to essential workers. An emergency rule-making petition has been sent to the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security. It req ...Read More

Nearly three-quarters of Americans - 74% - say they're worried Social Security will not provide enough to live on during their retirement. (Adam Jones/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- As Social Security celebrates its 85th anniversary this month, a new AARP survey finds an overwhelming majority of Americans support the program, and believe it's become even more critical during the coronavirus pandemic. Todd Stubbendieck, state director at AARP Nebraska, said th ...Read More

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