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PNS Daily Newscast - November 25, 2020 

Feeding the hungry on Thanksgiving and beyond; and is that Turkey really from a family farm? (Note to Broadcasters: the newscast has been granted a holiday for Thanksgiving, but we shall return first thing Friday.)

2020Talks - November 24, 2020 

Formal transition to Biden presidency begins; key Biden Cabinet nominations to be announced today. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

Archive: September 21, 2020

Penistaja soils are the state soil of New Mexico and cover more than 1 million acres. In Navajo,

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Determining soil quality usually requires getting your hands dirty, but the pandemic will require that a New Mexico soil workshop be held virtually this week. As climate change accelerates, it's impacting farm yields, and experts are eager to help farmers adopt new practices. N ...Read More

Pollinator-friendly plants, like these growing under a Minnesota solar array owned by Enel Green Power, are increasingly being used to restore bee habitats. (Fresh Energy)

MINNEAPOLIS -- September is National Honey Month, and while there's still concern over struggling bee populations, a Minnesota project has helped establish a new approach to make these pollinators thrive again. Several groups, including Fresh Energy, have played a role in making Minnesota the first ...Read More

There are more than 1,000 two-year community and technical colleges scattered across the United States. (Adobe Stock)

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. -- Community colleges could play a major role in helping the state bounce back from the coronavirus recession, according to the authors of a new report. More than 16 million Americans have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and it's estimated many of those positions aren't comi ...Read More

A U.S. district judge ruled last month that Texas is violating the federal National Voter Registration Act by not allowing residents to register to vote when they go online to update their driver's license information. (

AUSTIN, Texas -- It typically takes less than five minutes to register to vote, but the pandemic has made it harder to reach first-time voters. That's why MOVE Texas plans to call 100,000 unregistered voters as part of Tuesday's National Voter Registration Day. With door-to-door and public events ...Read More

Twenty-nine percent of Kentucky's mine permits are involved in seven coal bankruptcies. (Adobe Stock)

WHITESBURG, Ky. -- As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it remains unclear what will happen to hundreds of thousands of acres of unreclaimed mine land in eastern Kentucky and the rest of Appalachia. Eight coal companies declared bankruptcy in 2019, and that number is expected to rise amid d ...Read More

Wisconsin's State Crime Lab says in 2018, it responded to more meth cases than it did heroin cases. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

DODGEVILLE, Wis. -- A federal grant that provides funding for opioid prevention and treatment has expanded its scope to include methamphetamine. That's welcome news for states like Wisconsin, seeing a resurgence in meth activity. The Health Services Department said under new federal guidelines, th ...Read More

A volunteer with Save The Children hands out school supplies in California as part of the RISE initiative. (Shawn Millsaps/Save the Children)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Before the pandemic, one in five children in California lived with hunger. Now, it's one in four, so the media company Discovery, Inc. is partnering with nonprofits to feed millions of kids and make sure their basic needs are met. Alexa Verveer, executive vice president of pub ...Read More

Video featuring patient Dan Winter, on his use of the Dementia Values and Priorities online tool.

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Today, in honor of World Alzheimer's Day, a new online tool makes its debut to help people decide whether they want doctors to prolong their life, in the event they are diagnosed with dementia and then get a terminal illness. Doctors are trained to save lives at all costs, but a ...Read More

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