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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 


The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.


2020Talks - September 22, 2020 


It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Public News Service - MD: Consumer

One estimate suggests almost 300,000 Maryland families can't pay rent as a result of COVID-19-related income loss. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Some Maryland families hit hard by the novel coronavirus are breathing a sigh of relief since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new moratorium on evictions until year's end. But the new order has important terms renters need to be aware of. Attorney Matt H

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says he doesn't trust Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's claims that he'll end cost-cutting measures in the U.S. Postal Service. (Wikimedia Commons)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies in a Senate hearing today about controversial cost-cutting measures, Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh says the lawsuit that he and other AGs filed against the U.S. Postal Service this week will continue as planned. Speaking Wedne

Although 98% of Maryland has internet access, about 324,000 families are still lacking, according to a 2019 report. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With many people needing internet service more than ever during the pandemic, a Maryland economist is recommending an extra tax on internet service providers, to get them to offer better access across the state. Anirban Basru, chairman of the Maryland Economic Development Commissi

Maryland officials stressed the importance of signing up for health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With COVID-19 cases among younger Marylanders on the rise, state and federal lawmakers are urging residents to sign up for health care coverage by tomorrow's deadline. In a virtual news conference late last week, Reps. Jamie Raskin and Steny Hoyer talked about how the state's hea

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a bill that would have funded the nation's first prescription-drug affordability board. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Since Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan refused to sign a measure to fund the state's new Prescription Drug Affordability board last week, health care reform groups now are urging the General Assembly to override the veto. The first-in-the-nation board was established last year by lawmak

Most Marylanders want reassurance that their credit scores won't suffer if they can't pay bills during the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., held a tele-town hall this week to give residents a chance to ask questions about consumer protections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns about credit ratings and coronavirus scams were two of the hottest topics for people on the call. One Maryla

Older Marylanders need to beware of scammers trying to sell fake vaccines and other bogus cures for the new coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Con artists like to take advantage of people when a crisis strikes, so it's no surprise that scams are on the rise in the COVID-19 pandemic -- and vulnerable older Americans are particular targets. One popular scam right now asks for payment for a vaccine or treatment for the cor

No clinical tests have proven chloroquine can treat the novel coronavirus, despite recent claims by President Donald Trump. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Health officials are issuing warnings about the use of antimalarial drugs after President Donald Trump touted them as a possible cure for COVID-19. His comments have sparked stockpiling around the world. Mass use of chloroquine and other quinine drugs without testing is dangerous

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