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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


2020Talks - September 18, 2020 


Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - MN: Civic Engagement

According to the Pew Research Center, 3.1% of eligible voters in Minnesota are Hispanic. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Voter outreach groups have altered their approach during the pandemic, and that includes a Minnesota organization connecting with Latinx communities. The group COPAL MN still hopes to make an impact for those who might feel overlooked by the electoral system, as well as candidates.

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

Nonprofits and tribal governments across the country have been active in recruiting more Native American candidates for public office, and increasing voter participation. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Native Americans hope to gain more ground in the 2020 elections. Six Native candidates will be on Minnesota's November ballot in races for the state Senate and House. In 2018, a record number of Native Americans collectively ran for Congress, leadership posts, and legislative se

Minnesota's 3,000 polling sites will include safeguards to prevent COVID-19 infection, such as Plexiglas barriers between voters and polling workers. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's primary election is Tuesday. This year's vote is unlike any other in recent history, and state officials hope they've made enough accommodations for anyone worried about participating during a pandemic. Primary races for U.S. Senate and House seats, and legislative

Before Minnesota issued a statewide mask mandate, many cities across the region already had implemented their own rules. The state order allows for municipalities to strengthen their ordinances. (Aadobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's statewide mask mandate to combat COVID-19 goes into effect this weekend. One health official says viewing it as a conduit to getting back to normal could help with compliance. This week, Minnesota joined nearly 30 other states that require a face covering inside busin

Health experts say public compliance with mask use could play a big role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

WINONA, Minn. -- Cities in Minnesota have openly debated mask mandates to protect residents from contracting COVID-19 and to stem the spread. And while a statewide rule from Gov. Tim Walz could come soon, local governments are navigating a public health issue that some say trumps personal freedoms.

Political observers say Minnesota's witness requirement for absentee ballots underscores the growing debate over voting by mail during COVID-19 crisis. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- For now, Minnesota voters using absentee ballots will not need a witness for the August primaries. The Secretary of State is waiving the requirement as legal wrangling over the issue continues. Minnesota law requires people voting by mail to have another registered voter sign as a wi

One of the many images and messages supporting calls for police reform and other systemic change that were written around the band shell in Hudson, Wis., over the weekend. (Mike Moen)

PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- It's been nearly two weeks since Minneapolis and St. Paul saw waves of unrest - some destructive - in response to the police killing of George Floyd. But peaceful protests that coincided with the chaos have carried on with repeated demands for racial justice. Immediately follow

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