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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2020 


COVID-19 reported to be on the rise in more than 30 states; and will Supreme Court nomination tilt U.S. Senate races?


2020Talks - September 21, 2020 


Biden pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump plans to announce his replacement nominee this week. Plus, early voting in four states.

Public News Service - NC: Family/Father Issues

Nearly 3-in-4 school districts in North Carolina reported between 5% and 15% of their elementary-school students as chronically absent during the 2015-2016 school year. (Adobe Stock).

RALEIGH, N.C. — A new survey of more than 1,500 preschool, Head Start, and elementary-school staff and parents finds North Carolina school districts could be doing more to help their students get to school every day. Nearly 1-in-8 young children misses more than 15 days of school every year, a

North Carolina is one of 14 states that has chosen not to expand its Medicaid program. (Adobe Stock)

DURHAM, N.C. — Memorial vigils were held across North Carolina last week to honor people who have suffered or died because they lacked health insurance. Creston resident Richard Horodyski said until last year, he hadn't seen a doctor in more than two decades. Horodyski has worked in construc

Each year, more than 20,000 people are released from North Carolina prisons. Finding employment is often one of their biggest challenges. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina legislators are pushing for reforms to make it easier for people to expunge nonviolent criminal offenses from their records. Introduced by Sens. Warren Daniel of Avery and Danny Britt of Columbus, both Republicans, along with Sen. Floyd McKissick, a Democrat from Dur

A 2016 national study by The Pew Research Center found the majority of Americans support paid family leave. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would guarantee paid family and medical leave for all North Carolina workers. Only a small percentage of North Carolina's workers have paid family leave, and most people eligible for unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave

According to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, foster families are more likely to maintain relationships with their foster child as they grow into adulthood. (trobi017/Twenty20)

SALISBURY, N. C. – North Carolina's foster-care population has been on a steady rise since 2014, with 11,000 children in the system, and a new report says nurturing family members could make the difference. Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that over the past decade, North Carolin

Baby Boomers are vacating jobs faster than younger workers can replace them, according to research from the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. (rawpixel.com/Pexels)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Family-friendly practices in the workplace are big business, and a best-selling author will have advice for creating a family-friendly workplace at a conference in Raleigh. Brigid Schulte is the keynote speaker for the first-ever Family Forward Summit on April 1. Schulte is d

Public transportation and better schools are just two priorities that the group NC Child says would make a big difference in moving generations of children from poverty to opportunity. (NC Child)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Nearly 1 million children in North Carolina live in poor or low-income homes, according to U.S. census figures. The nonprofit group NC Child has released a series of reports on the longer-term effects of poverty on children. NC Child's Research Director Whitney Tucker said fa

In a new

RALEIGH, N.C. — More than 1,000 North Carolina employers weighed in on policies that benefit businesses, workers and children for a new guide produced by Family Forward NC, an initiative of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. Tracy Zimmerman, executive director at the foundation,

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