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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: January 12, 2021

With the pandemic exacerbating educational inequities, New Mexico Democrats say they want to finish a decades-long fight to withdraw more money from the state's largest and oldest endowment to fund early education. (ePhotographyAustralia/Pixabay)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A new poll shows a majority of New Mexico voters support a constitutional amendment to permanently fund early childhood education, and want lawmakers to put it on the ballot in 2022. During the upcoming session, two Democratic legislators plan to introduce a measure that would ...Read More

More than 600 Google employees have joined the newly formed Alphabet Workers Union, a rare occurrence in the tech industry. (Wikimedia Commons)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Google employees are forming the Alphabet Workers Union, both to push their parent company toward greater social responsibility and to ensure workers are treated fairly. It's a rare occurrence in the technology industry, but Andrew Gainer-Dewar, a software engineer at Google and ...Read More

The heated political rhetoric leading up to the recent riots at the U.S. Capitol has left many democracy advocates wondering whether civil discourse can be restored. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol came on the heels of growing calls to help more people understand how democracy works and where to get reliable information. Some say it should start in the classroom. The halls of Congress were stormed by supporters of President Donald Trump, w ...Read More

National forests are a massive sink for carbon dioxide that help stave off the effects of global warming. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Roadless Rule became law 20 years ago today. The bedrock conservation policy halted commercial logging and the building of new roads across nearly 60 million remote acres of national forests nationwide. More than 650,000 acres of Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest are pro ...Read More

Missouri labor leaders and good-government groups are calling on Sen. Josh Hawley to resign over his actions, seen as encouraging the rioters, leading up to and during the assault on the U.S. Capitol last week. (lazyllama/Adobe Stock)

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ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis labor leaders and good-government groups are coming together to demand U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's resignation. At the U.S. Capitol last week, Hawley fist-pumped the mob that shortly after stormed the building, putting members of Congress and Capitol staff at risk and injuring C ...Read More

Demetria Hester was assaulted by self-described neo-Nazi Jeremy Christian in 2017. She now organizes Moms United For Black Lives in Portland. (Paul Dunn/YES! Magazine)

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By Isabella Garcia for Yes! Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Public News Service Reporting for the YES! Magazine Media - Oregon News Service Collaboration PORTLAND, Oregon, August 20 - It's the 84th day of consecutive protest against police brutality and systemic racism in Portland, Oregon. ...Read More

Last fall, South Dakota became the first state to endorse two marijuana ballot questions in the same election. One was for a medical cannabis program and the other was to legalize recreational use for those 21 and older. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- Gov. Kristi Noem is getting involved in a legal challenge to the marijuana-legalization ballot initiative approved by South Dakota voters in November. A civil-rights group says the move adds to frustration being felt by voters in the current political environment. Last week, Noem i ...Read More

Lisa Montgomery at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell prison in 2017. (Photo courtesy: attorneys for Lisa Montgomery)

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UPDATE - Jan. 13, 2021 - Lisa Montgomery died today by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. In late-night decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed appeals-court rulings and denied other requests to postpone her scheduled execution. By Natalie Schreyer Broadcast version by S ...Read More

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