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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 18, 2020

According to the most recent data, nearly 65,000 Iowans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- A spike in Alzheimer's-related deaths is being viewed as another ripple effect of the pandemic, and the troubling information resonates in states like Iowa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's chief of mortality statistics said deaths attributed to Alzheimer's and ...Read More

A new Census Bureau report says 143,000 Minnesota children are living in poverty. Nationwide, the number is 10.5 million. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Newly released figures show Minnesota's overall childhood poverty rate declined last year. But the Census Bureau report indicates longstanding issues remain - and they'll likely worsen because of the pandemic. The report says Minnesota's childhood poverty rate continued a downward t ...Read More

The Citizens' Elections Program was launched more than a decade ago in Connecticut, following multiple corruption scandals in the state. (HappyLenses/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut is setting the standard for publicly funded elections fueled by small donors, according to a new report from Common Cause. The state's voluntary Citizens' Election Program bars participating candidates from accepting donations from PACs and other big-money groups, an ...Read More

A record 32 million people who identify as Latino will be eligible to vote in the 2020 presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center. (

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Mobilizing young voters is a challenge even without a pandemic, but a Nevada grassroots group is taking advantage of changing technology to reach them - especially Latinos voting for the first time. Bob Fulkerson, development director with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of ...Read More

Roughly 114,000 people in Cleveland are living below the federal poverty line. (Nitram242/Flickr)

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland and Cincinnati may not share the same opinions on football or chili, but they do have one thing in common, and it's nothing to brag about - they're both among the poorest cities in the United States. New Census data released yesterday reveals Ohio is the only state to h ...Read More

Montana's new climate-change report addresses the health impacts of global warming, including poor air quality from more wildfire smoke. (Adobe Stock)

MISSOULA, Mont. -- As wildfires rage across the West, a new report from the Montana Climate Solutions Council calls for a complete reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 2050. To reach this goal, the council recommends beefing up low-emission car standards and shifting away from a c ...Read More

In the first quarter of 2020, 127 Mainers died of drug overdoses, a 23% increase from the last quarter of 2019. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Maine -- Close to 260 people likely died from overdoses in Maine during the first half of this year, according to preliminary estimates. If this continues, 2020 will be the worst year for overdose deaths in state history. Leslie Clarke, executive director of the Portland Recovery Communit ...Read More

Studies have shown that people who identify as LBGTQ often must deal with discrimination and social stigma, which can lead to a high rate of mental-health concerns. (Ben Gingell/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY - Members of Utah's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning community are at a much greater suicide risk than any other identifiable group. Using a 2019 Utah study on health issues - which for the first time included gender identity and sexual orientation - the U ...Read More

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