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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 


Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 


Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - AR: Civic Engagement

Supreme Court, court of appeals and district court judges are nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S.  Senate. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Over the past few years, the U.S. Senate has confirmed 185 of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, the majority of whom have a conservative track record. Along with two Supreme Court justices, senators have confirmed 50 circuit court and 133 district court judges. Acc

Main Street Batesville has received a $5,000 grant to connect the Maxfield Park development park, seen here, to the downtown district with a sidewalk. (MainStreetBatesville)<br /><br /><br />

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Three Arkansas towns are among the recipients of AARP Community Challenge grants for 2019. The program awards more than $1.6 million for "quick action" projects across the country, helping nonprofits and local governments make immediate improvements and jump-start long-te

The Arkansas Geological Survey says most Arkansans live within the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a fault line that is capable of generating major earthquakes. (vchalup/AdobeStock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – While people in some parts of California are dealing with earthquakes lately, Arkansans may think they are in the clear. But geologists say that's not the case. In fact, large parts of Arkansas fall inside the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a fault line that has produced some

Backers say an initiative on the midterm election ballot to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas would benefit the entire state economy. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For the second time in five years, Arkansas voters will get the chance to increase the state's minimum wage on Election Day. Issue 5 on Tuesday's ballot, if approved, would raise the base pay for Arkansas workers from the current $8.50 an hour to $11 an hour by 2021. Jona

Advocates say children with a parent in jail can lose touch with them when they only get to visit with them monthly or less often. (Wikimedia Commons)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A group of children's advocates has begun talking with legislators to find ways to keep Arkansas families together when a parent is convicted of a crime. Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind is looking to find alternatives to putting parents behind bars when there

A group of military veterans and their families attend ceremonies at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Somoderville./Getty Images

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – With Veterans Day celebrations set for the coming weekend, there's a unique opportunity to honor the thousands of Arkansans who have served in the military. You can thank the veterans in your life - but you can also nominate a veteran, their family or a volunteer dedicate

Charities and nonprofit groups in Arkansas and across the country raised more than $116 million last year through donations made on Giving Tuesday. (PinkPills/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new survey shows that Arkansas is poised to make the most of Giving Tuesday, the annual day created to remind shoppers to save some money for their favorite charity. According to the marketing firm WalletHub, even though it is among the smaller and poorer states in the c

The Arkansas Department of Health has 120 days to develop regulations and procedures for dispensing medical marijuana. (tvirbickis/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Now that Arkansas has approved the use of medical marijuana, state officials are scrambling to put a framework in place to accommodate the new law. Arkansans approved Issue 6, one of a wave of cannabis-related initiatives across the country on Election Day. In all, eight states

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