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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - NE: Civic Engagement

A current initiative gathering signatures for the November ballot would ban lobbyists, elected officials, party leaders, current and former political candidates or their family members from serving on independent citizens commission charged with redrawing voting district maps. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The COVID-19 health emergency has created new challenges for proponents of a ballot initiative that aims to put an independent citizens commission in charge of drawing voting district maps. With people avoiding contact at grocery stores, and big gatherings postponed indefinitely,

Nebraska is one of 13 states with at least 50% of deaths from COVID-19 connected to nursing homes. (U.S. Army Reserves)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- AARP Nebraska is urging Gov. Pete Ricketts to release the names of nursing homes and assisted-living communities with confirmed COVID-19 cases among their residents and staff. AARP Nebraska state director Todd Stubbendieck said residents and families deserve to have this informatio

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to prevent meatpacking plants from closing and keep food supply chains open. (Flickr)

OMAHA, Neb. -- Many Nebraska meatpacking workers, who stand side by side in cool, virus-preserving conditions, are reporting that the meat they process is more valuable than their lives. According to Douglas County's health director, 70% of COVID-19 infections involving two or more people have bee

The Nebraska Food Council, with support from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Policy Council, announced compliance plans with CDC recommendations to make sure Nebraska farmers markets, farm stores and roadside stands remain open during the public health emergency. (Keven S/Pexels)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Local and state governments across the U.S. are joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's call to categorize farmers markets as essential businesses. The move would ensure that the markets remain open, just like grocery stores, during the coronavirus pandemic. Ale

The U.S. District Court of Nebraska holds a status hearing today on an emergency motion requesting the release of the state's plan for prevention, management and treatment of COVID-19 in Nebraska prisons. (USAF)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's overcrowded prisons could put their incarcerated residents at greater risk of an outbreak of COVID-19, and a coalition of legal groups want the state to share its plans for keeping those serving time, prison employees and their families safe. Adam Sipple, legal director

One in 4 health care workers and upwards of 70% of agriculture workers are immigrants. (Javed Anees/Wikimedia Commons)

OMAHA, Neb. -- The coronavirus has put a spotlight on the heroic role played by health care workers in Nebraska and across the nation. And a new measure introduced in Congress would give immigrant workers the same support as other Americans passed in recent relief packages. Alexis Steele, policy s

Nebraskans are encouraged to research groups doing COVID-19 relief work at CharityNavigator.org or Give.org before making donations. (Pxfuel)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Medicare officials are warning people that the COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect petri dish for a wide array of scams, including Medicare fraud. Devorah Lanner, AARP Nebraska communications director, said people should be extremely skeptical if anyone offers to send a coron

To avoid inaccurate information about the novel coronavirus, Nebraskans can always visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website.  (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- As Nebraskans look for the latest factual information in the COVID-19 crisis, a new study shows that it's getting harder to tell what's real -- and what isn't -- on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Researchers at the University of Washington used a Google Chro

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