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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: September 16, 2020

According to the USDA, there was a nearly 50% increase in cover-crop plantings between 2012 and 2017. Wisconsin researchers are gathering data on the effectiveness of these crops as more farmers adopt the practice. (Adobe Stock)

EAST TROY, Wis. -- Analytics are a key measuring tool in professional sports today, but data-driven assessments aren't limited to that industry. In Wisconsin, agricultural researchers are asking farmers for feedback about a popular conservation practice. Cover crops, commonly used in the early days ...Read More

Nationally, about a quarter of Latinos earn an associate's degree or higher, compared with about half of Whites. (JuanMonino/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Smithsonian Institution in Washington is working to recruit a new generation of Latino docents and curators, so they can help tell their community's stories. The museum will open its new Molina Family Latino Gallery next year. Smithsonian Latino Center executive director E ...Read More

Even though North Dakota doesn't have a statewide mask mandate, local election officials, including in McKenzie County, will strongly encourage mask use for people voting in person this fall. (Adobe Stock)

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- North Dakota continues to see high levels of COVID-19 cases, and the situation has renewed concerns about voting safely this fall. Unlike the June primary, when the state conducted an all-mail election out of caution, North Dakota will offer its usual mix of absentee and in-pe ...Read More

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has asked the Des Moines City Council to intervene in cases where the group feels that protesters have been unfairly targeted by police. (Iowa CCI)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In many U.S. cities, relationships have soured between police and protesters, who say officers use strong-arm tactics during demonstrations against racial injustice. In Iowa, those tensions are on the rise again. A Des Moines community group is calling attention to a letter sent ...Read More

At least 7,000 people in Maryland jails awaiting trial have the right to vote. A coalition wants to make sure they are able to do so. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As Election Day approaches, a coalition of voting-rights groups is urging Maryland's Board of Elections to help eligible citizens vote when they're incarcerated or newly released. The groups have outlined a plan to ensure voting rights for people in the criminal-justice system, in ...Read More

The new partnership combines progressive policy advocacy with a network of business leaders and investors. (Social Venture Circle)

NEW YORK -- Two advocates for environmentally safe and equitable business development are joining forces to encourage the growth of sustainable, responsible companies. The American Sustainable Business Council and Social Venture Circle, a social-impact networking organization, are forming a partner ...Read More

Voters age 50 and older accounted for 56% of the ballots cast in the 2016 election. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- With the nation heading into an especially divisive election, there are some key matters older Michiganders care about that transcend partisan politics. In a new AARP election survey of Michigan voters age 50-plus, 54% said they support Joe Biden and 40% support Donald Trump. Howe ...Read More

Census 2020 workers and volunteers are making last-minute, in-person contacts with Arizona households in hopes of completing the once-a-decade population tally by Oct. 31. (Flickr)

PHOENIX -- With just a few weeks left to complete the 2020 census, groups representing Arizona's historically undercounted residents say they're making a major effort to ensure they are fully represented. The final count will determine how billions of federal dollars are distributed for health, soc ...Read More

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