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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 19, 2021

Since recreational use of marijuana became legal in Illinois in 2020, 700,000 minor cannabis records have become eligible to be expunged. (Victor Moussa/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- A little more than a year after Illinois became the eleventh state to legalize recreational cannabis, legal-aid groups are working to help residents get past cannabis convictions expunged through a state-funded program called the New Leaf Initiative. Gray Mateo-Harris, a board member of ...Read More

Tribal communities are making strong efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 on reservations. Native Americans face the highest COVID-19 mortality rates in the country. (Joe Sohm/Dreamstime)

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LEUPP, Ariz. -- As Native Americans are killed by the coronavirus at a rate nearly twice that of Caucasian people, groups are forming to care for and deliver supplies to Native elders. Elders are the most vulnerable to the virus, and also have the most knowledge of Native languages and culture. A ...Read More

Caregivers for veterans soon may be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the<br />veteran they care for. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Veteran caregivers enrolled in the Veterans Administration's (VA) caregiver program will likely be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations through their local VA medical center. It's estimated there are more than 5.5 million veteran caregivers nationwide. The VA is currently pri ...Read More

Women of color and low-income women are at higher risk of conditions such as anxiety and depression after giving birth. (Richelle/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Many women in Washington state are losing health care shortly after giving birth, a crucial time in a mother's life. Senate Bill 5068 would extend postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to one year. The same measure was a victim of the pandemic in 2020. It passed with nearly u ...Read More

Since the mid-1980s, Kentucky's prison population has increased by 168%. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky's felony theft threshold has remained unchanged for more than a decade, and critics say it's contributing to a rise in incarceration and prison overcrowding. The dollar amount of property damage or theft often determines whether a person is charged with a felony. For deca ...Read More

The University of Wisconsin's Dr. Allison Prasch is a scholar of U.S. presidential rhetoric, foreign policy and the Cold War. (University of Wisconsin)

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MADISON, Wis. -- As Joe Biden assumes office this week, he'll appeal to a nation facing multiple crises. But a Wisconsin professor who studies presidential speeches believes Wednesday's inauguration could be a launching point for promoting a resilient democracy, not just the person taking over. Bi ...Read More

Like other states, the constitution of North Dakota requires the Legislative Assembly to redistrict itself following each federal decennial census. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- On the heels of the 2020 census, states now are getting started on redrawing their legislative maps. But watchdogs say there are still concerns about gerrymandering in states such as North Dakota, and hope citizens demand more transparency in the process. Nearly three dozen state ...Read More

TransCanada, now called TC Energy, announced COVID safety measures were being taken at construction-site worker camps, including masks and social distancing. (PXHere)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- President-elect Joe Biden is considering canceling the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project as early as day one of his term, which could be good news for Native American communities in Nebraska living near crowded worker camps during the pandemic. Wesley Furlong, staff attor ...Read More

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