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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 abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Archive: August 3, 2020


FRANKFORT, Ky. - Back in June, 39-year-old Louisville resident Ben Smith suffered a seizure and subsequently learned he had brain cancer. He says the experience has deeply affected how he views mask-wearing and its role in curbing the spread of coronavirus. Smith, who is currently undergoing radia ...Read More

For the local food challenge, Montanans are encouraged to eat something grown locally everyday. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. - This August is the fifth annual Montana Local Food Challenge. With the food supply chain and local businesses in a precarious state because of COVID-19, eating locally has added significance this year. During the challenge, Montanans are asked to eat something grown locally every da ...Read More

Arrow Creek Backcountry Conservation Area is one of two areas to get this new designation in Montana. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

LEWISTOWN, Mont. - Conservation groups are disappointed in the Bureau of Land Management's resource plan for central Montana. The agency released the final resource-management plan for 650,000 acres overseen by its Lewistown field office. Aubrey Bertram, eastern Montana field director for the Mo ...Read More

Almost 3 million Arizonans have preexisting conditions that could force them to pay more for health insurance or lose coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. (totojang1977/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Thousands of Arizonans - both children and adults - could feel the effects if the Affordable Care Act is repealed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court could end the ACA, also known as Obamacare, if a court majority finds it ...Read More

Nearly 30 million Americans  currently are receiving unemployment insurance. The previous high, during the Great Recession, was roughly 12 million. (Needpix)

LINCOLN, Neb. - If Congress does not extend enhanced unemployment benefits - the $600 per week meant to help Americans who lost jobs due to the novel coronavirus pandemic's economic fallout - more than five million jobs would be lost, including more than 1,500 in Nebraska. Heidi Shierholz, senior e ...Read More

New Mexico's governor has announced that business restrictions and the state's face-covering mandate will remain in place at least through August. (Alexandra_Koch/Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - The novel coronavirus pandemic has shown no let-up, but service providers who work with Santa Fe's homeless population are reporting effective outcomes, even as they worry about future funding and the approach of winter. Hank Hughes, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition ...Read More

Workers at Providence Milwaukie Hospital have rallied for better wages. (SEIU local 49)

MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- Health care workers at an Oregon hospital say they are rallying for livable wages. Members of the Service Employees International Union local 49 are urging Providence Hospital management in Milwaukie to complete bargaining with workers. Stephanie Shufelt is an emergency room reg ...Read More

Tons of crushed concrete will be deposited in the Lynnhaven River near Virginia Beach to restore oyster reefs. (Wikimedia Commons)

Correction: 08/03/2020 12:38 p.m. CST - Army Corps of Engineers received $10 million in federal funding, not Lynnhaven River NOW. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A unique restoration partnership in Virginia enters a new phase as tons of crushed concrete are being deposited into the Lynnhaven River to rebuild ...Read More

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