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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Archive: September 29, 2020

Nationwide, more than 100,000 small-scale farms disappeared between 2011 and 2018. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Small farmers and rural residents say Washington has for too long neglected the special needs of these regions, and some are now calling on lawmakers to establish a National Office of Rural Prosperity. Craig Watts is a farmer, and part time farm advocate with RAFI-USA, and a consu ...Read More

Scientists say there are challenging geological conditions in the Straits of Mackinac that include poor rock quality, solution cavities and fault zones. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Some experts are cautioning the proposed Line 5 tunnel project in the Straits of Mackinac is not ready for prime time. The state is holding hearings on Enbridge's permit applications for the project. Geological engineer Brian O'Mara joined other scientists who reviewed the plan t ...Read More

South Dakota is among nearly a dozen states that have so far refused to accept a Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- When the Affordable Care Act was adopted, most states that expanded Medicaid did so through their legislatures. But in states that refused, there's been a push for citizens to bypass those decisions through ballot initiatives, and South Dakota is now part of that movement. This Nov ...Read More

A new webinar series outlines best practices for PPE and guidelines on how to stay safe while teaching and working in person in the COVID era. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Colorado's largest union for educators has partnered with top health experts for a webinar series designed to give teachers, staff and parents the information they need during a very unusual school year. Amie Baca-Oehlert, president of the Colorado Education Association, said it's vital ...Read More

President Donald Trump paid little to no federal income tax over the past decade, according to tax return documents obtained by The New York Times. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The New York Times reported on Sunday that President Donald Trump paid a mere $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. The revelations are a reminder of how the nation's tax system benefits the wealthy at the expense of middle-class and lower-income households. University o ...Read More

While not as resistant to the idea as some other holdout states, North Dakota is among only a handful of U.S. states not to issue a statewide mask mandate during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- As of late, North Dakota's coronavirus case numbers have seen some record highs. A new mask awareness campaign, soon to be launched by the state, aims to reverse that trend. But some wonder if the effort has all the right components. North Dakota will spend nearly $2 million in f ...Read More

Many workers on the front lines of the COVID pandemic are Career and Technical Education graduates. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- During the pandemic, frontline workers have shown the importance of career and technical education, and a new report outlines how Pennsylvania can become a national leader in the field. While school closures and remote learning are challenging for all students, the impact on th ...Read More

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