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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 9, 2020

Nearly a quarter of active doctors in the U.S. are foreign-born physicians, also known as international medical graduates. (Adobe Stock)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The U.S. Senate is back in session. And while another pandemic relief package will receive focus, another bill aims to boost the number of health-care professionals, by freeing up unused visas for foreign-born physicians. According to a Wisconsin doctor, the move is drastica ...Read More

Census outreach officials say an undercount can cost states billions of dollars for priorities like transportation projects and education. (Adobe Stock)

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- This fall, field work for the 2020 Census will wind down. While there's still some disagreement about the ending date, Minnesota communities hope everyone gets the message to participate. This spring, door-knocking by Census takers was delayed in the pandemic, prompting conc ...Read More

After states like Arizona and Florida saw coronavirus surges over the summer, peaks are now happening in states like North and South Dakota. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Midwest has seen higher levels of COVID-19 activity in recent weeks, and that includes North and South Dakota. And health officials say all parts of the region need to be mindful of community spread. The Dakotas now top the nation for new novel coronavirus infections, based o ...Read More

Salmon run numbers continue to plummet in the Columbia River basin. (Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Salmon in the Columbia River basin have been feeling the heat -- and experts say it's pushing fish species to the brink of extinction. Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, said temperatures in the Columbia this summer have been above 68 degrees, a criti ...Read More


HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The COVID pandemic is making this a challenging year for engaging voters, but help is available for the nonprofit groups that often play a critical role in encouraging civic participation. Today at noon, the Keystone Progress Education Fund - a nonpartisan, statewide organizatio ...Read More

Studies show as many as one in four voters say they don't always trust the accuracy of the news stories in their social media inboxes. (Drobot Dean/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- For anyone who uses social media, it's a fact of modern life that some of the stories that come your way as news are either partially or totally false. With the presidential election just weeks away, media watchers say voters can expect to receive a flood of news items featuring ca ...Read More

Missing the deadline is the most common reason absentee ballots are rejected nationwide. (Adobe Stock/Alcorn Imagery)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia lawmakers have passed new measures to make voting by absentee ballot easier. Just last Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill on absentee voting. It adds secure drop boxes, removes the requirement for a witness signature and funds prepaid postage for mail-in ballots. ...Read More

In April, the pandemic's death toll was so high that hospitals such as Mount Sinai Morningside brought in refrigerated trucks to handle the overflow of bodies from the morgue. (Anne Nelson)

By Anne Nelson Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter Reporting for the Washington Spectator - California News Service Collaboration On July 27, a dozen physicians posed in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., dressed in white lab coats with "America's Frontline Doctors" stitched ...Read More

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