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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 6, 2021

According to CNN exit polls from the 2020 primaries, 70% of Mainers say they support a government-run health-insurance option that covers everyone over private insurance plans. (Annap/Adobe Stock)

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The group Maine Healthcare Action is launching a campaign to get universal health care on the state ballot in 2022. Instead of proposing a specific bill, the initiative would direct the Maine Legislature to draft and enact a universal health-care plan by 2024. Research indicates mo ...Read More

People experiencing homelessness may have histories of trauma, including sexual, psychological or physical abuse. (ArtTower/Pixabay)

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SANTA FE, N.M. - As families cope with unemployment, pay cuts and the threat of eviction because of the coronavirus, state homeless agencies say communities could help by providing financial support. Hank Hughes, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, said infection rat ...Read More

During the pandemic, a handful of South Dakota school districts have given bonuses to teachers, but advocates say the state needs to live up to its promise to gradually boost educators' salaries each year. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers begin the 2021 session next week. As the budget takes shape, how big a raise public school teachers could receive is expected to get plenty of debate. Gov. Kristi Noem has proposed a pay hike of 2.4% for K-through-12 teachers, more than the required 1.5% under ...Read More

Anti-hunger groups say the pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity in Minnesota. They want state lawmakers to adopt short-term and long-term changes as they respond to greater demands for food donations. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers have kicked off the 2021 session, with pandemic-related issues commanding most of the attention. Advocates of specific proposals, some directly connected to the crisis, hope to see some movement. The pandemic has shed new light on hunger in Minnesota and acros ...Read More

Socioeconomic disadvantages in jobs, housing and education have contributed to the higher COVID-19 death rate in Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Black Americans are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as Caucasians, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Medical experts in the Commonwealth say longstanding health disparities contribute to the disproportionate number of deaths, and will requi ...Read More

The pandemic has put the availability of child care and early learning in the spotlight. (Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's early childhood education and school-readiness efforts are getting a big boost from a federal grant. The state has been awarded the Preschool Development Grant, which will provide nearly $6 million a year in funding for the next three years. The Idaho Association for the Educ ...Read More

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has been a vocal opponent of the 2020 presidential election results. (GageSkidmore/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Congress meets today to count states' electoral votes, and possibly never before has this ceremonial process received so much attention. A dozen Republican senators and 140 House members, including a few from Ohio, plan to challenge President Donald Trump's loss in key battleground ...Read More

Pennsylvania is increasing forest buffers that keep sediment and nutrient pollution from reaching waterways, but a new report says more must be done. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - After years of weakening environmental regulations, a new report says there's hope for restoring Chesapeake Bay but Pennsylvania needs to meet its clean-water commitments. The 2020 State of the Bay report showed that four of 13 key indicators of bay health have declined, but most ...Read More

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