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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


2020Talks - August 14, 2020 


Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - NC: Civic Engagement

North Carolina is nearly twice as rural as the national average, according to Census data. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Three out of four rural voters in North Carolina and six other swing states are concerned about the country's handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. The survey of more than seven thousand residents from RuralOrganizing.org found 54% of voters disapprov

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the media spotlight on police brutality, some North Carolina congregations are speaking out against racism. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- National incidents involving police violence have prompted more faith-based organizations to speak out about where they stand on these issues. The North Carolina Council of Churches represents more than 6,000 churches across the state and has issued a statement calling for the dis

North Carolina and other states are bracing for a surge of absentee voters in the Nov. 3 presidential election. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Civil rights groups says a new election-reform law doesn't go far enough to ensure the absentee ballot voting process is accessible to everyone. In June, Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill into law that boosts funding to counties to help streamline the absentee-voting process for resid

States with the highest voter turnout numbers have enacted same-day registration and easier vote-by-mail policies. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Grassroots advocacy groups across the state have launched VoteNC.org, a get-out-the-vote campaign aimed at increasing voter turnout in this fall's presidential election. North Carolina is widely viewed as a swing state, and Brigid Flaherty, co-director of Down Home North Carolina,

Crowdsourcing could play a key role in contact tracing as the novel coronavirus continues to spread. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- More people are showing interest in citizen science projects to help shed light on the novel coronavirus and the ways it spreads within communities. Calvin Cupini, citizen science manager for Clean Air Carolina, said crowd-sourcing projects have been a critical source of data on a

Police conduct against people of color has outraged the nation and sparked weeks-long protests.(Adobe Stock)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Knowing where local elected leaders stand on police use of force and using the power of your vote are key to implementing genuine police reform - that's what local activists in Fayetteville have learned from their experiences forming a local task force to push for changes to it

Early studies from researchers at Harvard University found that a small increase in long-term exposure to air pollution leads to a large increase in the COVID-19 death rate. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to leave current limits on air pollution unchanged, but critics say the particle pollution standards aren't strict enough and put human health at risk. Mustafa Santiago Ali is a member of the Environmental Protection Network and Vi

The United States remains the only country among industrialized nations that does not have health coverage for all citizens. (Adobe Stock)<br />

RALEIGH, N.C. - In an online town-hall event yesterday, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and Rep. Alma Adams, D-Charlotte, spoke about the need for the Affordable Care Act and the urgency of lowering prescription drug prices as the state fights the new coronavirus pandemic. Residents also

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