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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 23, 2020 

Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, 20 million raised so far to pay court fees and fines for returning citizens to vote.

Archive: August 5, 2020

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)

RICHMOND, Va. -- New coronavirus cases are climbing in states such as Virginia, but concerns persist that people dealing with other health emergencies may be avoiding the hospital out of infection fears. A new awareness campaign aims to ease those concerns, especially for people of color. An online ...Read More

Landowners in southern Illinois continue to struggle with flooding after a 2016 breech in the Len Small Levee. (IDNR)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A new partnership could help breathe new life into Illinois lands that have been plagued by multi-year floods. At the southern tip of the state, acres of historically rich farmland in Dogtooth Bend have seen repeated damage since a 2016 levee break along the Mississippi River. ...Read More

Hundreds of youth detention centers in the United States have closed in the past 20 years, with states moving toward alternative rehabilitation efforts. A coalition that includes prosecutors and corrections officials says that trend should continue. (Adobe Stock)

BALTIMORE -- Dozens of prosecutors and corrections officials are calling for youth prisons across the country to close permanently. Their message coincides with a new report on the operating costs of these facilities, and they point to efforts in Maryland as progress. With fewer young people enteri ...Read More

Of 372 plant species that Kentucky lists as endangered, threatened or of special concern, 206 are conserved in state nature preserves and natural areas. (Adobe Stock)<br />

WINCHESTER, Ky. -- When state parks closed at the start of the pandemic, many Kentuckians ventured out to local nature preserves and natural areas, and experts say the heavy traffic has taken a toll on Kentucky's public lands. Clare Sipple recently retired, but spent 18 years managing Lower Howard' ...Read More

Idahoans without state identification still can vote in the Nov. 3 election if they register by Oct. 9. (soupstock/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho - AARP is encouraging older Americans to get ready to vote this November. AARP Idaho has launched its "Protect Voters 50-plus" campaign to educate people about what they need to do to have their voices heard in this election. For instance, Randy Simon, communications director for AARP ...Read More

Iowa is one of the handful of states that has yet to issue some form of statewide mask mandate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

STORM LAKE, Iowa -- Iowa is considered one of the high-risk states in the latest phase of the pandemic, and prevention efforts by state leaders are being called into question. Groups that serve immigrant populations say taking such steps as a mask mandate would be helpful. Gov. Kim Reynolds has str ...Read More

Childcare will be an important factor when Arizona parents need to return to work, but the COVID-19 crisis has sidelined many of the state's providers and caregivers. (lordn/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

PHOENIX -- Children's advocates say thousands of Arizona parents who've lost jobs in the pandemic can't return to work until public officials resolve the challenges facing the child-care industry. A report shows the COVID-19 crisis forced almost half of Arizona's licensed and regulated child-care p ...Read More

Total investment in the U.S. offshore wind industry is predicted to be $166 billion by 2035. (Zacharias/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Accelerating the development of offshore wind power would bring a significant economic boost to a national economy battered by the COVID pandemic, according to a new study. Commissioned by four energy-industry groups, the study assessed the impact of potential Bureau of Ocean Energy Man ...Read More

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