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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 4, 2020

The Land and Water Conservation Fund helped the Bureau of Land Management turn the Blackwell Island Recreation Site into a major recreation spot. (BLM/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- In a major victory for conservation, President Donald Trump is slated to sign the Great American Outdoors Act today. Included in the legislation is a little-known but key program called the Land and Water Conservation Fund that is used for everything from improving access to public l ...Read More

Utility company Avista has committed to providing 100% clean energy by 2045. (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Idahoans will get a chance to have their voices heard on their energy future this week. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is holding a virtual public hearing on Avista's 20-year integrated resource plan on Wednesday. The city of Sandpoint, Idaho Conservation League, Idaho F ...Read More

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will build a new detention facility in the Chicago area.(Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO -- Starting in mid-September, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will open its first Citizens Academy, a six-week program the agency says is an opportunity for residents to learn about ICE policies and procedures. But Liz Castillo, organizer with the group Detention Watch, ...Read More

In addition to seeking another waiver request, state officials say they're also asking that the federal government allow verification for SNAP recipients to be done over the phone during the crisis. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- SNAP recipients in Minnesota are being urged to renew their applications to avoid becoming ineligible in September. The reminder comes amid requests that federal officials grant another certification waiver during the pandemic. The Department of Human Services says more than 20, ...Read More

In 2016, 81% of registered voters in Wyoming age 70-79 voted. In that same time period, just 34% percent of voters between the age of 18 and 24 cast ballots. (Erik Hersman/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- On Monday, the nation's largest advocacy group for people age 50 and over launched a new voter mobilization campaign. AARP wants to ensure older Americans can vote safely during the coronavirus pandemic, and that local, state and federal candidates are listening to their top concer ...Read More

Around 35% of registered voters cast their ballot in West Virginia's June 2020 primary.(Adobe Stock)<br />

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Last week, state officials announced that West Virginians who want to vote by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic will have the option to do so in the November election, but this time they won't automatically be mailed an absentee-ballot request form. That's a change from ...Read More

Before the coronavirus hit the United States, only five states - Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington - conducted elections with a universal vote-by-mail system. (ArtisticOperations/Pixabay)

LAS VEGAS -- Legislation to expand Nevada's vote-by-mail for the November election was signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak late Monday, despite attacks by President Donald Trump earlier in the day. During a special session on Sunday, the Nevada Senate approved implementation of a mail-in voting system. I ...Read More

Wisconsin and more than 30 other states now require face masks in most public settings amid a resurgence of the coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Like many other parts of the country, Wisconsin residents now have to wear a mask when out in public as the pandemic continues. And one health official says viewing it as a conduit to getting back to normal could help with compliance. Over the weekend, Wisconsin joined more than 3 ...Read More

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