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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2920 

Trailing Biden in Nevada, Trump holds a jam-packed Carson City rally. And with COVID a major election issue, hospitals help patients register to vote.

2020Talks - October 19, 2020 

Litigation is ongoing on ballot receipt deadlines, witness signatures and drop boxes. And early voting starts in a dozen states this week.

Archive: August 20, 2020

The Connecticut River is one of many across the country polluted by companies that have sought environmental waivers during the pandemic. (idenimadept/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Conservation groups are asking a federal judge to make the Environmental Protection Agency enforce pollution controls. They're suing the agency this week in the wake of its decision this spring to not enforce certain environmental laws. Citing COVID-19, the EPA suspended monitor ...Read More

A new study says since the start of the pandemic, 911 calls for emergency medical services in the United States have dropped by 26% compared with the past two years. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The medical community is still worried too many people are avoiding emergency care over fears of becoming infected with COVID-19. Some Iowa-based healthcare professionals say a new campaign aims to dispel any myths that hospitals aren't safe. A new Harris Poll, done in conjunct ...Read More

The Pandemic EBT program, meant to help families provide meals kids normally get at school, is expected to generate more than $100 million in economic impact across Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- More than 200,000 Colorado children have not yet been enrolled in a food-assistance program that would put up to $279 per child into their parents' wallets. Max Young, SNAP education and outreach administrator for the Colorado Department of Human Services, said the Pandemic Electronic Ben ...Read More

The Medicine Bow Landscape Vegetation Analysis Project will allow clear-cut logging on 86,119 acres. (Calibas/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Conservation groups are weighing their options to protect habitat and watersheds after the U.S. Forest Service issued its final decision last week to allow logging on more than 235,000 acres, and bulldozing 600 miles of new roads in the Medicine Bow National Forest in southern Wyom ...Read More

Misinformation often exploits people's deeply held beliefs to get a reaction out of them. (MclittleStock/Adobe Stock)

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Misinformation is a top concern for election officials, especially as the pandemic transforms the election. In Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock is allowing counties to conduct mail-in voting, and Gallatin County decided this week to do just that. But Casey Hayes, election manager for ...Read More

Indiana's food banks turned their normal distribution system on its head to quickly adapt to the pandemic. (Foodbank of Northwest Indiana)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's hunger-fighting network continues to shift gears to keep pace with the evolving challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of clients and volunteers, some food banks and pantries are distributing food through a drive-through; others are offering curbside pic ...Read More

The gap in equitable access to affordable postsecondary education across race and income levels is expected to worsen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study by the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and Lumina Foundation. (

AUSTIN, Texas -- Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, college students were derailed from graduating due to the high cost of housing, food and transportation. Now, a new study shows unexpected expenses often challenge older students to enroll and stay enrolled. Older students, defined as those ages ...Read More

In a new survey, a majority of Ohio economists said the benefits of Ohio's mask mandate outweigh the costs. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic nowhere in sight, some Ohio health experts say discipline is crucial to reduce the spread of the virus. Dr. Odell Owens, president and CEO of Interact for Health, encouraged Ohioans to continue to follow three key safety measures: six-feet soc ...Read More

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