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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - NH: Youth

The Sununu Youth Center is one of 80 prisons nationwide that a new national campaign called Youth First says should be shut down. (Google Earth)

CONCORD, N.H. - A group of youth advocates are calling for the Sununu Youth Center in Manchester to be shut down. "Youth First" is a new national campaign calling for the closure of 80 of the nation's oldest and largest youth prisons. Sununu Center is on the list because of its size. Liz Ryan, pres

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg says young-voter turnout tied a record of 43 percent in the Granite State primary and could be an indicator of how committed young voters are in general in casting a ballot in 2016. (CIRCLE).

CONCORD, N.H. - Primary season is starting to move into high gear this weekend, and an analysis of who turned out for the New Hampshire primary indicates the youth vote is playing a major role this election. As voters in Nevada and South Carolina head to the polls and caucuses, there is good reason

Low-wage workers were out in force at the GOP debate in Manchester of Saturday night, demanding a commitment from the candidates to back a $15-an-hour minimum wage. (SEA)

MANCHESTER, N.H. - They unfurled a huge banner that said "Come Get My Vote." Low-wage workers were out in force at Saturday night's GOP debate and, to get their vote, they say candidates need to back a $15 an hour minimum wage. Tyler Tufts is a 32-year-old single mom who earns $8 an hour working a

Research shows December is among the top three months for first-time alcohol use among teens. (Mike Clifford)

CONCORD, N.H. - December is a time of good cheer, but it is also one of the prime months for teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Jayson Pratt, vice president and regional clinical director for Phoenix House of New England, a group of nonprofit treatment centers, said that while many states

The movement got its start in Massachusetts and now the Million Student March arrives in the Granite State. Students are demanding tuition-free public college, cancellation of student debt and $15-an-hour pay for college workers. Credit: E. Civitarese

KEENE, N.H. - College students in the Granite State plan to be part of the Million Student March today to call attention to the tens of thousands of dollars in debt many are burdened with to complete their higher education. Jessica L'Homme Dieu is one of the students organizing the march at Keene

Samantha Ames, second from right, says a measure to be introduced in New Hampshire next session follows a national trend of GOP lawmakers turning thumbs-down on gay-conversion therapy. Courtesy: National Center for Lesbian Rights

CONCORD, N.H. - The stage is set for the Granite State to tackle a hot topic next legislative session: so-called gay conversion therapy. A Republican lawmaker has announced plans to file a measure that would ban conversion therapy for minors in New Hampshire. Staff attorney Samantha Ames with the

Outreach efforts are underway in the Granite State to make sure kids don't go hungry this summer. The state ranked 32nd in access to free summer food sites in a new Food Research and Action Center report. Credit: Phil Grandmaison.

MANCHESTER, N.H. – As the school year draws to a close, the Granite State is getting an average grade when it comes to making sure kids don't go hungry during the summer months. Henry Harris, community outreach director with Southern New Hampshire Services, says his group sponsored more than

PHOTO: Even before actor Robin Williams died of apparent suicide, a local mental health professional says calls were already on the rise to 800-273-TALK. Granite Staters need to know the warning signs to prevent suicide. Graphic courtesy of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

CONCORD, N.H. – It can be shocking when someone as successful as actor Robin Williams takes his own life, but suicide prevention advocates in the Granite State caution not to be fooled by success. Suicide ranks as the number two cause of death for people in New Hampshire under the age of 34.

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