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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - NY: Civic Engagement

The proposal would allow federal agency approval of logging on up to 7,300 acres of national forest land at a time with no requirement for public comment. (Zack Frank/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK — Conservation groups say proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act would cut off the public's right to comment on more than 90% of decisions affecting national forests and grasslands. The groups filed their objections to the proposal with the U.S. Forest Service on M

Extreme weather due to climate change can exacerbate pollution runoff and toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes. (Jacob/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – A coalition of more than 160 local, state and national environmental groups is asking every presidential candidate how he or she will address threats to drinking water supplies for more than 30 million people. The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition has released a presidentia

“Congress is refusing to stop the president and his policies,

NEW YORK – People in more than 600 cities across five continents are holding vigils tonight to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies and call for an end to migrant detention. The "Lights for Liberty" rallies are a response to continued reports of inhumane conditions and fam

Robert M. Pennoyer, now and at age 19, on the U.S.S. Pensacola at Iwo Jima in 1944 (Courtesy: Robert M. Pennoyer)

NEW YORK – Seventy-four years after he saw the flag raised on Iwo Jima, a World War II veteran has an Independence Day message for America: The fight for liberty goes on, and today's enemies are ignorance and indifference to justice. Ninety-four-year-old Bob Pennoyer saw the American flag ra

For the first time, people can apply online for jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau. (janeb13/Pixabay)

NEW YORK -- The 2020 Census Day is April 1 of next year, but opportunities are opening up now to help ensure the count is a success. The Census Bureau is charged with counting every person living in the United States once each decade. It's a massive undertaking with important consequences, includi

Proposed reforms to New York's election laws include early voting, online and automatic registration, and more. (BigGirlCamera/Twenty20)

NEW YORK – Good government groups are hopeful that the New York State Legislature finally will pass long overdue election law reforms. They blame antiquated election laws for New York having one of the lowest voter participation rates in the country, but a package of reform bills coming up f

More than 30 New York state lawmakers have been forced from office for ethics violations or criminal convictions. (LoveBuiltLife/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Government watchdogs are urging New York State to finally pass legislation to fight corruption in state contracting. Massive corruption scandals have rocked the Empire State, including the convictions of some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aides and campaign contributors. But legislat

Recent primaries showed good progress toward addressing those issues in New York City. (Joel Martinez/US Dept. of Defense)

NEW YORK – Advocates for people with disabilities say New York City has made progress in making polling sites accessible, but this coming Election Day will put that to the test. New York City has faced lawsuits over polling sites that don't have wheelchair ramps and other accommodations for

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