PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - PA: Civic Engagement

A PRRI poll showed white evangelical support for President Donald Trump fell by 15% between March and the end of May. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- White, evangelical Christians are a major part of President Donald Trump's political base, but recent polling indicates conflicts between his actions and Christian teachings may be eroding that support. Evangelical backing for Trump is largely grounded in his promises to ban abo

Consolidation of poling places led to long lines in many areas on primary day. (Voice of America/public domain)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Voting-rights advocates say Pennsylvania has to start making changes now to make the voting process go more smoothly for the general election in November. Fewer polling places, long lines and delayed or missing absentee ballots were just a few of the problems that plagued th pri

Fair-election advocates say Pennsylvania's primary served as a dry run for the November election. ( Stock)

PHILADELPHIA -- Despite the COVID pandemic, massive protests and curfews in major cities, fair-election advocates say Tuesday's primary appears to have gone pretty smoothly. This was the first time all Pennsylvania voters were given the option to vote by mail, and almost 2 million did, representing

Mail-in ballots must be delivered to a county election bureau by 8 p.m. Tuesday. (Scott Van Blarcom/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The primary election is just days away so those mail-in ballots need to reach your county election bureau by Tuesday to be counted. More than 1 million Pennsylvanians requested mail-in ballots for the primary that will select candidates for state and federal offices. Jan Jarre

Tuesday is the deadline for Pennsylvania residents to apply for a mail-in ballot for this year's primary election. (Scott Van Blarcom/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Tuesday is the last day to submit an application to vote by mail in the Pennsylvania primary. This primary is the first time Commonwealth residents can apply to vote by mail, and there are choices to be made. Each party has three contenders in the presidential primary and eight

Untied for Action: Pennsylvania is free, open to the public and will begin with online discussions on May 7. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Rural or urban, liberal or conservative, everyone benefits when people work together, according to the message and goal of a new community design collaboration launching next week. Uniting for Action: Pennsylvania is a joint initiative of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the PA

House Democrats in Congress have proposed a 5-year, reauthorizing $760 billion in infrastructure spending and a plan for how the money would be spent. (batya/Adobe Stock)

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Mayors, councilmembers and other local elected officials were in Washington this week to talk about their agenda for this presidential election year. More than 2,000 officials attended the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference. Their list of priorities for fede

A landslide insurance bill introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly could help deal with disasters brought on by climate change. (trekandphoto/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- There's good news for Pennsylvania in a new "State of the States 2020" report. Stateline's annual report covers five major topics that are among the hottest legislative issues across the country. According to Noelle Straub, deputy managing editor at Stateline, one area where the

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