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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - WI: Civic Engagement

The debate over whether Wisconsin should hold an in-person primary during a pandemic is prompting more calls for universal voting by mail. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin still will hold its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. Voting rights activists say the state should have never reached this point. On Monday, the state Supreme Court sided with Republican leaders in the state Legislatur

There are growing calls to provide more help for front-line workers in the fight against coronavirus, including paid sick-leave requirements. (Adobe Stock)

MILWAUKEE - While the public shields itself from the new coronavirus, many front-line workers don't have the luxury of taking isolation measures. These workers in Wisconsin are asking the federal government to provide more assistance. The front-line workers include the service industry as well as

Wisconsin's presidential primary is still several weeks away, but voters are casting their ballots for local primary races this week. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin voters will head to the polls today (Tuesday) for the spring primary election. They won't be voting for presidential nominees, but they will consider candidates for local office. Today's primary covers races in several cities for mayor, city council and school boards; som

Just as in 2016, Wisconsin is viewed as key battleground state in the upcoming election. The state's primary is April 7. (DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile)

MADISON, Wis. - The legal wrangling continues over whether 200,000 Wisconsin voters should be removed from registration rolls - as one political expert says it's reasonable to lump it in with other claims of voter suppression. This week, an appeals court halted an earlier ruling to purge the regi

Brad Pfaff, the Wisconsin agriculture secretary fired by the Republican-controlled state Senate, has a new job as director of business and rural development for the state Department of Administration. (JillWellington/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin farmers are struggling to stay afloat as political battles take center stage. Republican Senate leaders said they were upset with state agriculture secretary-designee Brad Pfaff for criticizing the GOP for not moving fast enough to release money for farmer suicide pre

As Gov. Tony Evers calls a special session on gun control, both Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Republicans would not take up bills that would infringe on constitutional rights to own guns. (Pixabay)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers is pushing for two gun-control bills stuck in limbo, as Republican lawmakers refuse to debate or bring them up for a vote. The governor called the Legislature into a special session set for early November to discuss the bills, which would enforce background

Creating more livable communities means ensuring public spaces are accessible and inclusive for people of all ages. (Maria Sbytova/Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. — Several projects that will help create more welcoming communities for Wisconsinites of all ages are swinging into action. Bayfield, Beaver Dam, Berlin, Ellsworth, Greendale and Sheboygan are among the 159 communities selected for this year's AARP Community Challenge grants. T

Wisconsin voters could legally take selfies with their marked election ballots under proposed legislation. (Charlene Mcbride/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate Elections Committee is considering a bill that would reverse a current state law that bans voters from taking "selfies" with their completed ballots. Supporters of Senate Bill 48 see the ban as outdated, citing an increasing number of voters across the co

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