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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 24, 2020

Some hunger-fighting groups say much of the progress made to reduce childhood hunger in the past decade has been erased within months by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Children's advocacy groups say childhood hunger is a dire problem in Ohio, but it isn't impossible to solve. Up to 17 million children in the U.S. aren't getting the food they need, including roughly one in five Ohio kids. Eleni Towns, associate director for the No Kid Hungry Cam ...Read More

Observers of the monarch butterfly think some die because they've been leaving their overwintering sites early due to climate change, before their preferred food source, milkweed, starts to bloom. (Pollinators/Pixabay)

PISMO BEACH, Calif. -- The federal government has until mid-December to decide whether to list the monarch butterfly as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, so groups concerned about the monarch's future are trying to raise public awareness. The western population of the iconic orange and b ...Read More

A bill to prevent any future leasing or mineral development on federal lands within a 10-mile radius around Chaco National Historical Park passed in the U.S. House earlier this year, but stalled in the Senate. (

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Tomorrow is the final day to comment on a controversial plan that allows for thousands of new oil and gas drilling sites in New Mexico's historic Greater Chaco region. The plan is opposed by dozens of conservation groups, New Mexico tribes, communities and citizens who have asked ...Read More

Each year, millions of acres of crops in the U.S. are sprayed with chlorpyrifos. (Adobe Stock)<br />

BOISE, Idaho -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new risk assessment of chlorpyrifos, but critics of the agency say there's already enough strong evidence that the commonly-used pesticide is harmful to children and are calling for a federal ban. This is the third federal ass ...Read More

According to one study provided by the Justice Department, murder rates of Native American women in some territories are 10 times higher than the national average for all races. (Adobe Stock)

MANDAN, N.D. -- Native American groups hope the president will sign a measure designed to help law enforcement get a handle on a public safety issue plaguing tribal communities. The bill was inspired by the murder of a North Dakota woman three years ago. Earlier this week, Congress gave final appro ...Read More

Smoke from wildfires can cause inflammation, irritate the lungs and affect the immune system. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wildfires are becoming more common and severe due to climate change and its warmer and drier conditions, in Wyoming and across the West. Now, health experts are warning people exposed to wildfire smoke also are at increased risk for COVID-19 infection. Cheryl Pirozzi, a pulmonary ...Read More

Six in ten seniors say they are embracing technology more since the pandemic began. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The use of telehealth or video visits with doctors has surged among older Americans since the onset of the coronavirus, but many services are available only to Medicare-eligible individuals. One survey has found telemedicine use jumped by 340% among Medicare-eligible seniors this ...Read More

Millions of volunteers are needed for the vaccine trial registry, which will then be winnowed down to select 30,000 to 60,000 people for each study. (Nomevisualizzato/Morguefile)

CONCORD, N.H. -- A fourth major clinical trial for a COVID vaccine debuted on Wednesday, and public-health experts are asking for your help. Millions of volunteers are needed to aid in the effort, but so far just 410,000 people have signed up. Dr. Jim Kublin, faculty member at Fred Hutchinson Canc ...Read More

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