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PNS Daily Newscast - May 10, 2021 


Governor Ron DeSantis shuts the door on unemployment benefits; Montanna gains a congressional seat - now the focus is on redistricting.


2021Talks - May 7, 2021 


President Biden talks hurricane aid in Louisiana, Vice President Harris visits Rhode Island, defense officials talk about clamping down on domestic extremism in the ranks, and plan for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Archive: March 24, 2021

AARP volunteers pose in front of the downtown Danville Community Challenge mural in 2018. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The effects of the pandemic have depressed local government budgets at the same time communities need help bouncing back from a year under lockdown, and AARP Kentucky says its Community Challenge grant program aims to fill the gap. This year, said Charlotte Whittaker, the group's s ...Read More

A plan to replace electricity generated by four lower Snake River dams includes $10 billion for renewable sources like wind and solar. (Oleg Kovtun/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Nuclear energy could be part of the mix to replace power from four lower Snake River dams if they're removed. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has an extensive plan, which calls for removing the four dams to aid the ailing salmon populations of the Northwest. Small, modular reactors to ...Read More

A new report says Washington credit unions waived $6.7 million in fees for their customers during the pandemic. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- Washington credit unions have a big economic impact on the state, according to a new study. ECONorthwest finds the institutions contributed nearly $7 billion to the state's economy in 2020. Troy Stang, president and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association, believes the not-for-pro ...Read More

On average, a working woman in Washington state makes about 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. (Monster Ztudio/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- Today is Equal Pay Day, which represents how long into 2021 a woman would have to work in order to earn what a man did, on average, in 2020. The marker highlights the pay gap that persists for women. Gabriela Quintana, advocacy director for the Seattle-based Economic Opportunity Institu ...Read More

Minneapolis is well known for its waterways and parks. But environmental researchers are taking a closer look at some underlying issues tied to urban nature in the region. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS - Just like Greater Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul have plenty of lakes and open spaces. But researchers say the metro area faces climate-related threats and racial gaps in accessing urban nature. A new study will examine those issues. The Twin Cities area has been chosen for a res ...Read More

Every dollar paid out to retirees in Wyoming creates an estimated $1.12 in economic activity. (Pixabay)

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - Women in Wyoming earn just 70 cents for every dollar a man makes, and that wage gap plays a deciding role in how and when women can securely retire. Public-sector pension programs play a critical role in keeping retirees out of poverty, said Anastasia Marchese, state coordinator for ...Read More

Many cellphone user manuals contain a section warning that the devices should not be held close to the body. (Laura Musikanski)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - There's a high probability that radio-frequency radiation from cellphones causes certain rare but often malignant brain tumors in humans, according to a former director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Christ ...Read More

In 2018, average annual insulin costs in the U.S. were nearing $6,000, after an 11% increase over seven years. (JPC-PROD/Adobe Stock)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine lawmakers are pushing a package of bills they call "Making Healthcare Work for Maine," which includes bills to lower costs and protect people from drug-price hikes. Sabrina Burbeck, a hospital screener from Old Town, whose son and brother live with Type One diabetes, said no ...Read More

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