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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Archive: December 3, 2020

Despite gains for New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers in 2016, Republicans will draw maps in 2021 after taking back both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate. (Wikimedia Commons)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire's newly elected Republican majorities on the General Court are readying for next year's redistricting process. Lawmakers will redraw voting-district boundaries for the U.S. House of Representatives, the state House and the state Senate based on the results of the 2020 ...Read More

Elon University student Caitlyn Bullock is one of the co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina for mismanagement of coastal marine resources. (Bert Owens)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Residents from 29 counties who enjoy fishing have signed onto a civil-action lawsuit, arguing the state of North Carolina has failed to properly manage its coastal resources. David Sneed, executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina, whose organizati ...Read More

Mental Health America ranks Nevada 51st overall for its prevalence of mental illness and limited access to mental health services. (Adobe Stock/twinsterpro)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Financial and emotional stressors are taking a toll on Nevadans' mental health as the pandemic continues and the holidays near. Since the pandemic began, Nevada's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), has seen a major increase in calls to its "warm line," a telephone line ...Read More

The organization PeaceTrees Vietnam clears 18 to 20 mines a day in the central part of the country. (PeaceTrees Vietnam)

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SEATTLE -- The founder of a Washington state-based organization that clears mines in Vietnam has been selected for AARP's Purpose Prize. Jerilyn Brusseau, founder of PeaceTrees Vietnam, began the organization 25 years ago and said the reason for starting the effort began even further back, in 1969 ...Read More

WA Notify tracks the spread of COVID-19 and is available in 29 languages. (galitskaya/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- Washingtonians' cell phones can now help track the spread of COVID-19. WA Notify launched this week and, when activated, can inform the phone's user if they've been in close contact with someone who has testified positive for the coronavirus. More than a dozen states already have a simi ...Read More

Crops produced by students at Mountain Vista High School in Douglas County usually are sold during two-day market sales, but post-COVID, customer volume has shot up, selling out within two to three hours. (Mountain Vista High School)

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Students at a Douglas County high school are learning COVID-era business skills using a freight container converted into a high-tech hydroponic vertical farm as their virtual classroom. After Mountain Vista High School recently switched to remote learning, students and tea ...Read More

Advance directives can save families from having to agonize over end-of-life decisions when a patient can't speak for him or herself. (Click/Morguefile)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- In the face of a staggering death toll from COVID-19, and the prospect that many more will succumb, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill to help Americans plan for end-of-life issues. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced the Compassionate Care Act on Tuesday, which would ...Read More

Washington, D.C.'s Metro transit system is proposing slashing half of its bus routes because of a $500 million budget deficit. (Wikimedia Commons)

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SILVER SPRING, Md. -- As low ridership during the pandemic continues to wipe out transit budgets across the country, environmental groups in the nation's capital say proposed cuts to the region's system would be an environmental "disaster." Officials at Metro, which runs through D.C., Maryland and ...Read More

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