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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 28, 2020

The 17 states spanning the central U.S. account for about 80% of the nation's current and planned wind energy capacity. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- There's encouraging news about Illinois' potential for wind energy development in a new analysis. The 17 states spanning the central U.S. are known as the "Wind Belt," with roughly 80% of the nation's current and planned wind-energy capacity. And Jeff Walk -- director of cons ...Read More

AUSTIN, Texas -- COVID-19 has created its own "storm surge" -- a surge in the number of people seeking mental-health treatment, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Texas. From March to April, NAMI Texas Executive Director Greg Hansch said they saw a 300% increase in calls from pe ...Read More

While many cities in states like Wisconsin don't have a reputation for policies deemed racist, areas of the Midwest have some of the worst outcomes for Black residents. (Adobe Stock)

KENOSHA, Wis. -- Demands for social justice in cities like Kenosha are linked to racial inequities deeply rooted in the nation's history. But researchers say these gaps are more prominent in Midwestern states like Wisconsin. Many recent protests are sparked by high-profile police shootings. But th ...Read More

John James Audubon's legacy as a famed ornithologist and artist is tempered by the fact that he owned and traded slaves. (Audubon Society)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Audubon Society is facing up to its mixed legacy on racism, with an open letter and an essay acknowledging that its namesake was a slave owner. John James Audubon was a 19th century ornithologist and painter who extensively documented America's bird population. ...Read More

One of the most persistent problems with elder fraud is that so few people report it, because victims or families either don't realize it's happening or are embarrassed to tell authorities. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's estimated that 17% of Missourians ages 60 plus are swindled out of their hard-earned money each year, according to a new report. Some 334,000 incidents of financial fraud targeting older people are reported to authorities annually. And Paul Bischoff, editor of the consum ...Read More

U.S. Census takers are beginning their door-to-door surveys of Baltimore residents, but will also be setting up mobile sites where people can get help filling out census questionnaires. (Adobe Stock)

BALTIMORE -- There may be a knock on your door soon, as the U.S. Census Bureau is following up door-to-door with households in Maryland that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Census takers in the state will be focusing on Baltimore, which has some neighborhoods where more than half the resi ...Read More

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