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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Archive: December 21, 2020

A global survey found 85% of respondents, all over age 50, felt lonely in 2020, up from 75% of respondents in 2019. (Rido/Adobe Stock)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Loneliness and social isolation are taking a toll on older folks this winter in New Hampshire. A global survey from SixtyandMe.com found 85% of respondents, nearly all over the age of 50, felt lonely in 2020, up from 75% in 2019. And almost 80% of people surveyed said the pandemic ...Read More

The carcass of the rufous hummingbird is stuffed and sold as an amulet or love charm. It's one species on a new list of illegally trafficked wildlife. (Avia 5/Pixabay)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new report calls for a crackdown on the booming illegal wildlife trade - activity that's been linked most recently to the spread of COVID-19. The Endangered Species Coalition's 2020 top 10 list of trafficked animals includes the pangolin, a mammal sold at the live-animal ma ...Read More

Fewer than 1 in 10 North Carolina families receive any type of subsidized childcare from their employer, according to the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Fewer than 1 in 3 parents of young children has access to quality, affordable childcare during the pandemic, according to a new report. The survey of more than 800 North Carolina families found childcare is least accessible in rural counties and in Black, Brown and Indigenous commun ...Read More

Michigan (red) COVID nursing home resident deaths per 100, compared with national (gray) deaths. (AARP)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan seems to be getting a better handle on the coronavirus as vaccine distribution begins and cases level off. But experts say the risk of exposure is still high, especially in the state's long-term care facilities. AARP continues to update its Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboar ...Read More

The Kalama, WA, facility along the Columbia River would export methanol to China. (Image'in/Adobe Stock)

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KALAMA, Wash. -- High-level politicians are entangled in the push for a massive fossil fuel facility in Washington state. Eric de Place, director of the nonprofit Sightline Institute's Thin Green Line program, said political muscle and money are the driving force for the natural gas refinery and e ...Read More

In 2014, Kenya McKnight-Ahad, pictured, founded the Black Women's Wealth Alliance. (Photo courtesy of Sharolyn Hagen).

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The holiday shopping season is winding down, but a Minnesota group said consumers still should keep Black-owned businesses in mind for last-minute gifts. And after this year's racial reckoning, there are renewed calls for long-term support from customers as well as banks. It's been ...Read More

A survey from the National Disability Institute showed more than half of respondents worried about social isolation and access to community support during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- People with disabilities have made strides to become self-advocates, but the pandemic has hindered their routine connections with support services they still need. An Iowa program aims to make sure these individuals don't feel lost in the time of COVID-19. Back in June, a feder ...Read More

One in 5 Texans say they are

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texans need the right messaging from trusted advisers if they're going to agree to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, according to a new survey by the Episcopal Health Foundation. The survey shows 37% of Texans say they're "very likely" to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it's availabl ...Read More

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