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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: August 26, 2020

Researchers have found alarming numbers of young fish in Herrington Lake with spinal and craniofacial deformities, telltale signs of coal-ash contamination. (Joshinatorky/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

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HARRODSBURG, Ky. -- Critics say a plan developed by Kentucky Utilities to address groundwater pollution from an unlined coal-ash pond seeping into Herrington Lake is inadequate. In 2017, the Sierra Club and Kentucky Waterways Alliance filed a lawsuit against Kentucky Utilities, which operates the p ...Read More

Catches of key fish stocks off the North Carolina coast have decreased by 75% or more depending on species. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Calls are increasing to merge the state's Division of Marine Fisheries into the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission from people who argue the move would increase effectiveness, reduce public confusion and save money. Louis Daniel, former director of the North Carolina Divi ...Read More

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that between 25 million and 30 million Americans live in

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A South Dakota nonprofit group is working to create "edible forests" to provide lower-income communities greater access to healthy foods. Project Food Forest, based in Sioux Falls, wants to help eliminate "food deserts," areas where there's no grocery store nearby that sells af ...Read More

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Women earned the right to vote 100 years ago today with passage of the 19th Amendment. On this Women's Equality Day, however, how close to "equality" women have come in Arizona and across the country may depend on who you ask. A new WalletHub study has ranked Arizona fifth-highest ...Read More

North Dakota farmers have been among the hardest-hit producers by the U.S./China trade war, because of the large amount of soybeans that were shipped to that country. (Adobe Stock)

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MAKOTI, N.D. -- Farmers and ranchers across North Dakota have struggled mightily in recent years, especially with the trade-war impacts. A new project aims to get policymakers' attention by allowing farm producers to tell their own stories so the human impact isn't overshadowed. This summer, the Da ...Read More

Fallout from nuclear tests in Nevada in the 1950s and '60s affected the health of many southern Idahoans. (National Nuclear Security Administration/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Restarting discussion about nuclear-weapons testing is on the table in Washington, D.C., even as Idaho still is waiting for recognition of the harms from testing in the 20th century. Senior White House officials say it could bring China and Russia to negotiations over nuclear arms, ...Read More

Ranked-choice voting helps avoid runoff elections and ensures that the eventual winner has majority support. (Tom Ruen/Wikimedia Commons)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Ranked-choice voting probably is not an option for the presidential election because a judge just approved a GOP-led repeal for the ballot. That puts the issue on ice until after the vote. Anna Kellar, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Maine and Maine Citizens fo ...Read More

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