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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 25, 2020

More than one-fifth of Arkansas children live in poverty, and 14% of households report sometimes not having enough to eat.<br />

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas's poverty rate has trended downward over the past few years, but since the pandemic there's been a sharp rise in hardship across the state, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Between 2018 and 2019, Arkansas's poverty rate ...Read More

61% of SNAP recipients live in families with children. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michiganders convicted of drug offenses are facing lifelong punishments under the law that are not directly related to their crime. The state permanently bans those with felony convictions from two or more separate drug-related crimes from food assistance available under the ...Read More

One in four school-age children is affected by vision problems, which in turn can affect everything from self-esteem to academic outcomes. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The shift to virtual and blended learning to reduce the spread of COVID-19 could have an unintended consequence for children's vision. Chief Eye Care Officer with UnitedHealthcare Dr. Scott Edmonds explained the increased screen time raises the risk of digital eye strain and possi ...Read More

While many Montanans hope to vote by mail in the November election, a pending lawsuit could take away that choice. (Adobe Stock)

MISSOULA, Mont. - The future of Montana's vote-by-mail option for the November election could be decided any day now, after a legal challenge wrapped up this week in federal court. President Donald Trump and other Republican groups sued the state over Gov. Steve Bullock's decision to let counties ...Read More

A recent study found that the blood donations of approximately 2% of donors have antibodies for COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO - Illinoisans who step up to give the gift of life and donate blood right now could very well learn something new about their own health. The American Red Cross started offering COVID-19 antibody tests in select areas in June to try to pinpoint the number of people who have been exposed to ...Read More

Frederick Douglass' 1845 autobiography about life as a slave became an international bestseller, and his message rings true today as protests against racial violence continue. (Wikimedia Commons)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - As racially-charged protests continue across the country, tomorrow Maryland celebrates one of the nation's first civil rights activists - Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass Day, held in his birthplace in eastern Maryland, highlights the prominent abolitionist's activism and co ...Read More

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