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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: January 13, 2021

After the killing of George Floyd last summer sparked nationwide protests, 58% of Americans say major changes are needed to make policing better, according to a Gallup poll. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - A statewide task force appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper has released a sweeping set of recommendations aimed at ending racism in the criminal-justice system. Black North Carolinians are nearly six times as likely to be incarcerated as Caucasian residents, twice as likely to be pulled ov ...Read More

Environmental groups say the United States needs to recover from and reverse policy decisions under the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency, or the nation could see more devastating storms such as the derecho that struck Iowa last year. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - As calls grow for President Donald Trump's removal from office over the Capitol riot, other groups say his environmental policies have put the country in peril in a different way. The current urgency from House Democrats is focused on the 25th Amendment or a second impeachment, b ...Read More

Colorado's 20 community health centers are the state's largest primary-care network, serving more than one in seven Coloradans regardless of their ability to pay. (Fernando Zhiminaicela/Pixabay)

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DENVER - Colorado's community health centers are shifting gears to deliver COVID-19 vaccines after Gov. Jared Polis called on the safety-net providers to deliver 20% of the state's vaccine supply for people age 70 and older. Polly Anderson, vice president for financing and strategy at the Colorado ...Read More

Because of COVID-19, Montanans can testify on bills virtually this legislative session. (Erik Madsen/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. - With a new slate of legislators and a new governor in Helena, conservation groups want to ensure that protecting public lands is a top priority. The group Montana Conservation Voters has launched the "Montana Pushback" campaign to keep people informed whenever environmental issues a ...Read More

Many electric and gas utilities have programs in place to help customers avoid shutoffs, but those customers often must reach out to ask about it. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. - Michigan is entering the heart of home-heating season, so it's also time for a reminder that help is available for households unable to afford their heating costs. Anne Armstrong, director of customer assistance at the Michigan Public Service Commission, said higher energy bills ar ...Read More

Minnesota has lagged in carbon-emissions goals set by state government, but the region's two largest utilities have announced plans to be carbon-free in the coming decades. (Adobe Stock)

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DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota's second-largest utility has laid out new carbon-emissions goals. The effort is getting praise for helping reduce the industry's impact on climate change, but a key element is drawing some questions. Minnesota Power, which provides electricity in the northeastern part of t ...Read More

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Opponents of the proposed Killingly natural-gas power plant are ramping up public pressure, with a protest today in Hartford and another on Sunday, Jan. 16, in New Haven. At 2 p.m. today, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is scheduled to be a featured speaker at the Hartford ...Read More

Nearly 70% of eligible Americans already have received a second federal stimulus payment. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - It may be a step toward economic recovery. but it isn't a bridge. An Ohio-based public policy group says it welcomes the new COVID relief package, but it's hardly enough. Policy Matters Ohio held an online forum Tuesday to help Ohioans better understand the benefits of the $900 bil ...Read More

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