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PNS Daily Newscast - October 29, 2020 


Trump supporters left to battle frigid temperatures in Omaha; absentee ballots surge in Tennessee.


2020Talks - October 29, 2020 


The Supreme Court blocks North Carolina and Pennsylvania Republicans from requiring ballots to be delivered by Election Day. And a Texas court is requiring masks at polling places.

Public News Service - WI: Consumer

With the spread of COVID-19 still a big concern in Wisconsin, smaller farms are losing their traditional customer base, such as  restaurants. That has prompted more direct deliveries to consumers. (Adobe Stock)

DELEVAN, Wis. -- Several months into the pandemic, a number of small Wisconsin farms continue to shift their customer focus to keep from shutting down. Instead of restaurants and larger retailers, some operations primarily are selling their products directly to consumers. As the pandemic unfolded

Nearly a quarter of active doctors in the U.S. are foreign-born physicians, also known as international medical graduates. (Adobe Stock)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The U.S. Senate is back in session. And while another pandemic relief package will receive focus, another bill aims to boost the number of health-care professionals, by freeing up unused visas for foreign-born physicians. According to a Wisconsin doctor, the move is drastica

Wisconsin leaders have a goal of seeing all residents have access to broadband internet by 2025. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. - A task force is starting work on ways to further address broadband access issues in rural Wisconsin. But an advocacy group says the effort must address the issue of competition in order to be effective. The Badger State consistently has ranked low when it comes to broadband coverag

Nationwide, an estimated 27 million people in the United States have lost their jobs - and therefore their health insurance - during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's jobless rate sits at 12% in the economic fallout caused by COVID-19. Health insurance gaps are expected, including for families with young children, and some worry they're not seeking enough help. Analysts say Wisconsin has a higher than average reliance on employer-

Various church leaders in Wisconsin are hoping to advocate for certain policy measures they say adhere more to their faith as opposed to some of the political rhetoric seen in religious activism. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Religious activism often is associated with divisive topics such as abortion, but some church leaders in Wisconsin are calling on Congress to take more action for those affected by the pandemic. Some of the stimulus money set aside by federal lawmakers has gone to churches impacte

Unions across the country say the meat processing industry should have enacted adequate worker safeguards long before the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- At least 20 meat processing plants have closed temporarily across the country, including one in Wisconsin, following the spread of COVID-19 cases at these facilities. And some say President Donald Trump was too quick to sign an order to keep all plants open during the crisis. In

In states such as Illinois and Maryland, reports have surfaced of grocery store workers dying after contracting COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Grocery workers in Wisconsin remain on the front lines, helping people stock up during the coronavirus pandemic. But despite showing up to work every day, a trade group says these workers are doing so without a key recognition from the state. A handful of states, including neigh

In Wisconsin, state health officials say more than a dozen people are being monitored for coronavirus. There has been at least one positive test in the state. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin health officials are monitoring more than a dozen more residents for coronavirus. They also continue to urge people to wash their hands routinely to avoid contracting the virus. But for people who are homeless, that's an obvious problem. Access to running water or proper

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