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PNS Daily News - October 26, 2020 


Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moves toward a final vote; judicial appointments issue looms in the election; and five COVID-19 infections confirmed within VP Mike Pence's inner circle.


2020Talks - October 26, 2020 


Youth voter turnout has been high in early voting. And presidential candidates court swing-state voters in the last days until November 3.

Public News Service - CA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

A volunteer with Save The Children hands out school supplies in California as part of the RISE initiative. (Shawn Millsaps/Save the Children)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Before the pandemic, one in five children in California lived with hunger. Now, it's one in four, so the media company Discovery, Inc. is partnering with nonprofits to feed millions of kids and make sure their basic needs are met. Alexa Verveer, executive vice president of pub

Advocates say 1 in 4 California households is housing insecure, meaning they are not certain they can pay the rent or mortgage next month. (Dodgerton Skillhause)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California families of color are bearing the brunt of the pandemic while also working many of the jobs essential to the economy, so advocates are urging the U.S. Senate to make sure their basic needs are met. The House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act in May, but the Senate

Long-beaked common dolphins are one species often caught in drift gillnets, which are being replaced on the West Coast with safer fishing gear. (Chad King/NOAA)

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Dolphins, whales, sharks and sea lions on the West Coast may be less likely to die in fishing nets now that authorities have approved a new type of fishing gear. The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday to approve deep-set buoy gear to replace the huge drift gillnets

A new bill would allow Medi-Cal and WIC food assistance programs to exchange information and enroll more eligible low-income families. (ulkare/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature comes back from summer break today, and children's advocacy groups want them to take up a bill to link eligibility for the Medi-Cal and WIC food-assistance programs to create a kind of one-stop shop enrollment process. About 87,000 low-income c

Protesters rallied on Friday in Los Angeles against the Trump administration's proposed changes to the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today is National Public Comment Day - part of a campaign responding to President Donald Trump's proposal to make it harder for working-class, legal immigrants to get a green card. Only three weeks are left to register your opinion on the "public charge rule" that would

The EPA in the Trump administration reversed an Obama-era decision to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos.(pgiam/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The battle to ban a pesticide that the State of California has linked to reproductive harm continues to play out in court today as final arguments in the case commence before a federal judge in Seattle. Conservation groups sued the EPA after former administrator Scott P

The Monarch butterfly thrives among flowering plants like milkweed. (Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Monarch butterflies have declined by 90 percent over 20 years, felled by pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat. They're considered a sentinel species, whose fate mirrors that of many insects. Now, backers of a program to greatly expand all pollinators' range say it's about

The

PETALUMA, Calif. — As Congress struggles to make the health care system more cost-effective, local Community Health Centers are already doing their part, with a focus on prevention instead of treatment of illness. Studies show that close to half of people's health status is directly related

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