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PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 


Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 


Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Public News Service - UT: Civic Engagement

A group of Kanab citizens believed a planned fracking sand mine in the sandstone hills near the town would destroy the local environment. (spiritofamerica/AdobeStock)

KANAB, Utah -- A group of activists in the southern Utah town of Kanab have convinced a developer to abandon its plans to mine sand for oil and gas fracking operations. The group of ranchers, business owners, environmentalists and long-time residents fought a project by Southern Red Sands to mine

A bipartisan group of volunteers is gathering signatures across the state to put a referendum on the November ballot to negate a tax reform package approved by the Utah Legislature. (mokee81/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY - A grassroots group of Utah voters is under a tight deadline to put a referendum on the ballot to nullify a tax-reform package approved by state lawmakers. The Republican-controlled Utah Legislature passed a package of tax-code changes in a December special session - but a recent '

Congress has allocated $425 million to shore up election security ahead of the 2020 presidential election. (roibu/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Tucked inside the trillion-dollar budget approved by Congress last week is a measure allocating $425 million to states for election security. The line item will provide grant funds to all 50 states to protect against the types of interference caused by cyber-attacks during the 2016

The Dixie National Forest, which covers about 3,000 square miles in southwest Utah, is one of the largest of six national forests in the state. (U.S. Forest Service)

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Conservation groups are challenging the Trump administration over proposed changes to U.S. Forest Service rules to allow approval of major projects such as mining and logging on public lands without public input. The groups object to the use of so-called "categorical exclus

Utah legislators made significant changes last year to Proposition 2, a citizen-approved ballot initiative that legalized the use of medical marijuana in Utah. (roxxyphotos/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY — A medical cannabis advocate and a former state senator are behind a proposal that would make it tougher for Utah legislators to overturn citizen ballot initiatives. In 2018, Republican lawmakers rewrote and weakened a measure, known as Proposition 2, that had been passed by

Utah lawmakers ignored the results of a statewide proposition on medical marijuana and recently rewrote the bill the way they wanted it. (Twenty20)

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah voters on Nov. 6 approved Proposition 2 to allow medical marijuana to be dispensed in the state. But that didn't stop some of the bill's opponents from going to state lawmakers and getting the measure rewritten more to their liking. On Monday, a special session of the Republic

Only two of eight county voting offices contacted by the ACLU of Utah had posted information about Election Day registration online. (Marg Johnson/Twenty20)

SALT LAKE CITY – This year's election in November will be the first in which all of Utah's 29 counties offer Election Day registration at the polls. Advocates for the system are hoping for a smooth rollout. If you show up to your polling place on Nov. 6 and find your voter registration inf

More than 600 Rise for Climate events are planned around the world for Saturday. (Takver/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – Some Utah communities will be part of this Saturday's worldwide call for attention to climate change with rallies and marches. The groups hosting the Salt Lake City event are encouraging anyone who's concerned about environmental issues to get out and vote. The Utah Climat

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