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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 20, 2021

Although still present at the Massachusetts State House, city council buildings in some municipalities have opted to remove the state flag, a symbol that many have sought to update for more than 30 years. (Jen Lobo/Adobe Stock)

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BOSTON - Native American leaders in Massachusetts are coming together to study and recommend changes to the state's seal, flag and motto. It's part of a new law establishing a commission to re-examine these symbols. The state seal, pictured on the flag, currently features a Native person and the se ...Read More

Postsecondary plans are cloudier for more than eight in 10 Oregonians because of COVID-19. (Bob/Adobe Stock)
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The pandemic is causing a massive shift in Americans' higher-education plans. A new analysis from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that 75% of households have changed their postsecondary plans for the fall - and Oregonians are changing their pl ...Read More

So far, Wisconsin officials say, nearly 250,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administrated across the state. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine rollout to include more people. Older adults will soon be eligible, but officials urge patience as shipments still are hard to come by. The Department of Health Services announced this week that Wisconsin residents age 65 and older will be ...Read More

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults with disabilities report experiencing frequent mental distress almost five times as often as do adults without disabilities. (Adobe Stock)
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DES MOINES, Iowa - Advocates for Iowans with disabilities want state lawmakers to dedicate more funding in two key areas: mental-health treatment and community-based care. As the Legislature begins its new session, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council has said it's trying to get lawmakers to ...Read More

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New Mexico is among the top 10 states with the highest percentage of people facing eviction because of the pandemic. (sos.state.nm.us)

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SANTA FE, N.M. - During the 2021 session, New Mexico lawmakers are expected to focus heavily on pandemic relief - including a bill that would modernize the housing code with the goal of reducing evictions. Co-sponsored by Rep. Angelica Rubio, D-Las Cruces, House Bill 111 addresses the time frame fo ...Read More

After events such as the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol, civil-rights groups are pushing to pass the For the People Act, claiming it is needed to

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As Donald Trump departs the presidency today, a coalition of West Virginia civil-rights groups wants Congress to pass a bill aimed at rebuilding government. House Bill 1, known as the "For the People Act," recommends sweeping reforms to extend voting rights, end partisan gerryman ...Read More

New York teachers say standardized testing this school year would add more stress on students who already are dealing with multiple crises. (Prostock-studio/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Teachers are telling the New York State Education Department that, with disruptions due to the COVID pandemic, students should not be subject to standardized tests at the end of the school year. New York State United Teachers are calling on Interim Education Commissioner Betty Rosa a ...Read More

California could gain 2 million new citizens if the Biden administration's immigration proposal makes it through Congress. (Rico Best/Adobe Stock)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - On his first day in office, President Joe Biden will press for bold immigration reform, proposing a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. The proposal would apply to people who have a clean criminal record and were in the United States before ...Read More

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