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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 8, 2021

Mental-health and substance-use advocates in St. Louis are launching a new program to help get behavioral-health resources to community members in crisis. (releon8211/Adobe Stock)

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ST. LOUIS - A new partnership in St. Louis starting this month will divert some 911 calls to trained behavioral health professionals - if the caller or subject of the call is in a mental-health or substance-use crisis. Clinical staff from Behavioral Health Response, or BHR, will also accompany offi ...Read More

Nevadans can find out if they're eligible for subsidies to help pay for premiums at Nevada Health Link, the online marketplace for the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. (rukxstockphoto/Adobe Stock)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevadans shopping for health care coverage for 2021 still have time to enroll in a plan under the Affordable Care Act - the deadline is January 15. The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange - which operates through its online marketplace, Nevada Health Link - opted to give resi ...Read More

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has committed to developing regulations aimed at strengthening environmental regulations governing the fossil-fuel industry. (Lujan Grisham/Twitter)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico lawmakers will be asked to amend the state's 2019 Oil and Gas Act when the Legislature convenes Jan. 19. The proposed revision would prohibit the discharge of "produced water," the flowback from fracking known to contain dangerous chemicals and heavy metals toxic to ...Read More

About 100 pro-Trump supporters gathered at the Montana Capitol on Wednesday. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. -- People across the country were shocked by the crowd that forced its way into the U.S. Capitol this week. But followers of the far-right movement say there were warning signs leading up to the attack. Travis McAdam, program director for combating white nationalism and defending dem ...Read More

Even with the Biden administration set to take over the White House in less than two weeks, many members of Congress say President Donald Trump needs to be removed beforehand because of this week's riots at the Capitol. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Removing President Donald Trump from office is now a focus in Washington after the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Democrats and some Republicans are floating options. And several Minnesota leaders want action, but an expert questions if it can be done. Leaders such as House Speaker N ...Read More

A West Virginia state delegate is facing sanctions for participating with pro-Trump groups storming the U.S. Capitol. (Wikimedia Commons)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia social-justice groups are decrying a state delegate's participation in the shocking assault on the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday, while Mountain State lawmakers are calling for the delegate's removal from the Legislature. Wearing a motorcycle helmet and shouting ...Read More

A 73-word ballot question proposed multiple changes to the state constitution. (jonbilous/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A question on Pennsylvania's state ballot in 2019 proposing sweeping changes to the state constitution has been ruled unconstitutional itself by a Commonwealth Court. The proposed amendment, known as "Marsy's Law," has been promoted as strengthening victims' rights in criminal pr ...Read More

Some contend misinformation about the election fueled the fire that led to violent protests in Washington, D.C. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Democrats say those behind the election misinformation that is believed to have sparked the violence in Washington D.C. must be held accountable. Rep. Padma Kuppa, D-Clawson contended the ransacking of the U.S. Capitol is a sad reminder of April 30, when protestors with g ...Read More

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