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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2020 


A new report sizes up swing states like Michigan; voters with disabilities face new obstacles in Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 21, 2020 


Democrats weigh boycotting the committee vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee; and concerns over mail slowdowns in 10 battleground states.

Public News Service - IN: Civic Engagement

A lawsuit contends the pandemic will make it more difficult for Indiana voters to comply with a noon Election Day receipt deadline for mail-in ballots. (Adobe Stock)<br />

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana Election Day ballot deadline is being challenged in federal court. A lawsuit filed by the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP and Common Cause Indiana seeks to block enforcement of the state's mail-in ballot return deadline, which is noon on Election Day. Julia Vaughn,

Fewer polling locations are open for Indiana's primary because of a lack of poll workers. (kgroovy)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's Primary Election Day is here, and election officials are stressing that voter safety is first and foremost. The election was delayed by four weeks because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Polls will be open to allow in-person voting, and all poll workers w

You might not be able to hug your neighbor, but you can still hug a tree. Studies suggest that people's access to trees helps reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure.  (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Arbor Day looks a little different in Indiana this year - however, advocates of the annual event say the spirit of the day is still strong. Indiana has recognized Arbor Day since 1884, and typically schools and community groups host large tree-planting events. While those types o

In Indiana, possession of one ounce of marijuana or less carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000. (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS - Some Indiana lawmakers are continuing their push to relax the state's marijuana laws. At a news conference yesterday, Senate Democratic Chair Karen Tallian of Ogden Dunes promoted Senate Bill 114, which would decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana - an amount t

The U.S. Census Bureau intends to hire 500,000 people for the 2020 count. (AdobeStock)

INDIANAPOLIS – With less than six months to go until the 2020 Census, efforts are ramping up in Indiana and other states to ensure an accurate count. A vital part of that is ensuring there are enough boots on the ground. About 500,000 census takers are needed across the country. Carol Roge

In a new poll, 75% of Indiana residents said they support policies to address the effects of climate  change in the state. (Dominique Uhe/Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana's status as a Republican stronghold might suggest that its residents also follow the party's resistance to fighting climate change. But a new poll reveals that isn't necessarily the case. In the survey, conducted by Matthew Houser – assistant research scientist a

Opponents have said the state's use of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck database would result in thousands of Hoosiers being removed from voter rolls. (Amanda Wood/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS – A block has been upheld on an Indiana law that opponents say would threaten the integrity of the voting process. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed a preliminary injunction on the 2017 law that would have allowed the state to kick people off the voter-regi

Opponents say a bill headed to Gov. Holcomb's desk is aimed at silencing environmental protestors.(Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS — Groups representing tens of thousands of Hoosiers are asking Gov. Eric Holcomb to veto a bill they say infringes on the constitutional rights of protestors. Supporters of Senate Enrolled Act 471 say the legislation would help protect critical infrastructure including power pla

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