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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - WI: Consumer

The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study examines whether there is contamination in drinking-water wells, and what might be causing it. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – A new water quality task force has been proposed for Wisconsin after a recent study showed widespread health concerns about drinking water wells in several counties. For about a decade, conservation groups had warned Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Party leaders that

Wisconsin farmers should feel good about the new farm bill, according to one agricultural analyst. (Michael Pereckas/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – How did sustainable agriculture fare in the 2018 Farm Bill? One analyst breaks down the wins and losses. Margaret Krome, policy director for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, says the bill provides baseline funding for beginning farmers and local food programs. It

Wisconsin has the seventh most hemp-planted land in the country. (Maja Dumat/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign the Farm Bill Thursday, setting the hemp industry up for a major breakthrough in 2019. Hemp will no longer be classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, opening up possibilities for farmers in Wisconsin and other states. Bad

Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature is forging ahead with a series of power-stripping bills in the state Capitol. (milkmantep/Flickr) Wisconsins Republican-controlled Legislature forged ahead with passing a series of power-stripping bills in the state capitol. (milkmantep/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. — Republicans in several states including Wisconsin are holding lame-duck sessions to block or cripple the power of their incoming rivals, but citizen-rights groups say voters are the ones being stripped of their power. Groups like One Wisconsin Now have claimed the last-minut

An estimated 78 percent of caregivers spend their own money to help family members or loved ones stay in their homes. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – November is National Family Caregivers Month, which honors those whose invaluable contributions allow older Wisconsinites to age in place in their homes. And efforts are underway to develop measures that can better support caregivers every month of the year. There are 578,0

Wisconsin dairy farmers and cheese makers are awaiting details of a new trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico that they hope will help boost business. (Pixabay)<br />

PLYMOUTH, Wis. – The preliminary U.S.-Mexico trade deal announced this week by President Donald Trump is seen as welcome news by Wisconsin dairy farmers and cheese makers, even if they haven’t read the fine print. Mexico and Canada are two of Wisconsin's biggest trading partners, and t

Hemp product sales reached $820 million in 2017. (Aleks/Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Industrial hemp farming has come to Wisconsin. State lawmakers passed legislation in November allowing farmers to research production of the crop. Although the federal government still considers hemp a Schedule I controlled substance, hemp doesn't have the psychoactive effe

AARP Wisconsin says voters care about the future of Medicare and Social Security. (twenty20.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Ahead of next week's primary election, new data reveals just how crucial Medicare is for the future of the state. Lisa Lamkins, federal issues advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin, says Medicare helps cover health care costs for more than 1 million Wisconsinites. But she ad

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