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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: September 11, 2020

Water from the Upper Basin of the Colorado River is stored in Lake Mead near Las Vegas. A white ring around the banks is evidence of a 20-year drought that has left the reservoir less than half full. (trekandphoto/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- A coalition of 15 conservation groups says a Utah plan to divert water from Lake Powell is unnecessary, overpriced and endangers the region's already-depleted water supply. Representatives from the six states that surround Utah sent a letter to Congress this week, threatening le ...Read More

New Mexico has 60,000 undocumented immigrants, and the lack of federal COVID-19 financial assistance offered them will lead to a loss in the state's economic activity, according to New Mexico Voices for Children. (NMSU/Josh Bachman)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico's immigrant population largely has been left out of federal coronavirus-relief programs, but testing for the virus will be offered free of charge Saturday in Santa Fe. It's the third event sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health and several local organizations ...Read More

A new poll from AARP says President Donald Trump is favored among likely male voters, but significantly trails former Vice President Joe Biden among likely female voters. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- As in 2016, Wisconsin is a key battleground state for the presidential election, and a new poll for AARP Wisconsin indicates Joe Biden currently is favored among voters in the Badger State. Bipartisan polling firms conducted the survey, which found that, among likely voters, the f ...Read More

The people involved with pushing through a historic nurses' contract in North Dakota say it not only benefits local workers but also those hoping to advance union causes across the state. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota has seen a vote that hasn't taken place in the state for quite some time: a union-approved contract in health care. This week, nurses at St. Alexius Health Bismarck Medical Center ratified a labor agreement with the hospital's parent company. It comes after these work ...Read More

Tennessee currently bans the use of telehealth for medication-induced abortion and has a mandatory 48-hour waiting period. (Adobe Stock)<br />

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A state law goes into effect next month that requires doctors in Tennessee to tell women who want a medication-induced abortion that the procedure can be reversed. However, several groups, including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to b ...Read More

In 2019, Kentucky was one of six states that made reforms to end voter disenfranchisement for people who were convicted of felonies but served their time. (Adobe Stock)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- More than 170,000 Kentuckians with past felonies have had their voting rights restored, but many may not be aware of the change. Jessica Clark is a volunteer for the Kentucky Democracy Project, a new grassroots effort to get the word out before the Nov. 3 election. Her daughter ow ...Read More

According to a nationwide Rutgers University study, around 14 million people with disabilities reported voting in 2018. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Some people living with disabilities can't fill out an absentee ballot without assistance, and disability-rights experts say that's a serious issue for folks in North Carolina who are worried about the health risks of heading to the polls in a pandemic. Virginia Knowlton Marcus, ch ...Read More

Over the summer, a new report says, Black college enrollment saw a major decline in the United States. The trend is highest at community colleges, with a drop of more than 10%. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- The pandemic has brought a host of disparities for Black Americans, and college enrollment could be among them. A Minnesota advocacy group says the health crisis might add to existing barriers facing students in the region. The latest findings from the National Student Clearinghouse ...Read More

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