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PNS Daily Newscast - October 28, 2020 

A technical error rejected your ballot? Take action. Plus, doctors sound off on harmful health impacts of tailpipe emissions.

2020Talks - October 28, 2020 

The window is closing to mail ballots in states like GA, MI and WI that require them to be received before Election Day. Experts recommend going in-person if possible.

Public News Service - WY: Consumer

A Wyoming law currently requires public pensions for firefighters, teachers and other public-sector workers to be 100% funded before any cost-of-living increases can be approved. (Pixabay)

CORRECTION: Vicki Swenson is the president of Wyoming Education Association-Retired, rather than the past president of Wyoming Education Association. 10/6/2020 1:04 MST CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- It's been 12 years since the pensions of Wyoming's retired public employees were adjusted for inflation. Oklaho

Smoke from wildfires can cause inflammation, irritate the lungs and affect the immune system. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wildfires are becoming more common and severe due to climate change and its warmer and drier conditions, in Wyoming and across the West. Now, health experts are warning people exposed to wildfire smoke also are at increased risk for COVID-19 infection. Cheryl Pirozzi, a pulmonary

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Kids in Wyoming and across the nation are facing more social isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, which means they're spending more time in front of screens than real-life interactions with children their own age. A new study shows that sexualized images of girls on televisi

Japan, the primary potential buyer of Wyoming coal exports, plans to retire most of its coal fleet in favor of cheaper renewable energy and natural gas. (Jwvein/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Conservation groups are challenging Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon to invest $1 million to help impacted communities that depend on coal production, instead of promoting the state's coal deposits to Asian markets. Rob Joyce, conservation organizer for the Sierra Club's Wyoming chapter,

Wyoming's decision to not expand Medicaid coverage has cost the state nearly $1 billion in federal tax dollars since 2013. (U.S. Army Reserve)

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- As more Wyoming workers lose their job-related health insurance because of downturns in the coal, oil and gas industries during the COVID-19 health emergency, state lawmakers are reconsidering the option of expanding Medicaid health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Jen Sim

A Wyoming law passed in 2019 requires all air-ambulance insurance or membership companies to be certified with the state, to ensure that companies are legitimate and have enough money to pay claims.(Adamwaa/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming officials have received a lot of phone calls from consumers across the state who are confused about the availability and potential out-of-pocket costs of emergency air ambulance service. Denise Burke, senior policy and planning analyst for the Wyoming Department of Insura

Key elements for phasing out fossil fuels in a managed way include social protection for fossil fuel workers, sound investments in low-emission sectors, and local economic diversification. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As Wyoming's oil and gas sector continues to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic, a new report in the journal Climate Policy outlines how lawmakers can diversify revenue streams and begin phasing out reliance on fossil fuels. Report co-author Sivan Kartha, senior scientist a

With the market flooded with oil and storage running out, critics are protesting the Trump administration's ongoing efforts to lease large tracts of public lands at bargain-basement prices. (John Hill/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Right-leaning conservation groups are calling on the Trump administration to suspend oil and gas leasing on public lands through the end of 2020. David Jenkins, president of Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship, says with demand for oil, and oil prices, at record lows during

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