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PNS Daily Newscast - May 14, 2021 


Backers of electric vehicles say southeastern gas shortage highlights need to diversify U.S. energy system; more than 40 attorneys general urge Facebook to stop plans to create kids' version of Instagram.


2021Talks - May 14, 2021 


People who've been vaccinated can ditch their masks; Biden says fuel shortages are only temporary; and Republicans press for ending federal pandemic unemployment payments.

Archive: March 15, 2021

Texas is one of six states without a statewide broadband plan and 90% of disconnected Texans live in rural areas. (Muscat_Coach/Pixabay)<br />

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The rural-versus-urban broadband divide became a more urgent problem for Texas and many other parts of the U.S. when COVID-19 forced schools to close. The Texas community of Bastrop is just a 30-minute drive from Austin, but its rural character meant when the pandemic hit, the lack ...Read More

In March, people who live with disabilities hope to highlight how they've managed to live and work throughout the pandemic crisis. (IDDC)
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MASON CITY, Iowa -- The pandemic has dramatically altered the lives of many people, including those living with disabilities, but Iowa advocates say the crisis isn't stopping their contributions. March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and groups behind outreach say the main message is ...Read More

The latest COVID-19 relief package makes major investments in families, including billions for child care. (Brocreative/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- The latest COVID-19 relief package makes massive investments in child well-being. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan makes investments, including $250 million in community-based child abuse prevention programs, with about $1 million coming to Idaho. Jim McKay, policy director f ...Read More

Ohio could get $700 million for emergency rental assistance from the American Rescue Plan.<br />(Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An estimated 10% of all renters are behind on their rent payments, which, in Ohio, is about 370,000 households. Social-service advocates say the new federal COVID-19 relief package should be able to help those who are at risk of eviction. The American Rescue Plan will distribute ...Read More

The Montana 406 trail would stretch 1,500 miles across the state. (Bob Wick/U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

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HELENA, Mont. -- A path linking trails across Montana is gaining momentum this year. The Montana 406 Trail would start in Glacier National Park, swoop down into the state's southwest corner and back up before bending east near Great Falls to North Dakota. Marty Bannon, president and founder of the ...Read More

A coalition representing more than 14,000 police officers are giving the thumbs up to many reform efforts in Washington state. (Diego Gomez/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A broad coalition of groups and unions representing law enforcement and corrections officers are applauding Washington state lawmakers for their work this session. The groups have supported or remained neutral on seven bills in the Legislature this year that address issues of acco ...Read More

Nineteen states offer a graduation pathway to prepare high-school students for careers. (Prostock-studio/Adobe Stock)
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon could do a better job setting up high school students for careers once they graduate, according to a new analysis. The Alliance for Excellent Education examined state policies for promoting career readiness after high school. Anne Hyslop, assistant director of policy devel ...Read More

Florida continues to resist calls and significant financial incentives to expand Medicaid eligibility for nearly all poor adults and children in the state. (Trimmel Gomes)
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The pressure is on for states such as Florida to expand Medicaid, currently now missing out on billions of health-care subsidies in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. In addition to $1,400 stimulus checks some Americans soon will receive, the pandemic-aid law offers bil ...Read More

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