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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 29, 2021

Sea otters can weigh 45 to 65 pounds, and can be injured or killed by a boat strike. (Wikimedia Commons)

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MONTEREY BAY, Calif. -- Salmon season starts this coming weekend, and it's expected to draw hundreds of fishing boats to the central coast. Conservation groups are asking anglers to be especially careful not to hit any sea otters, which tend to congregate in the harbors, sea channels, kelp beds and ...Read More

Hennepin County, where the Derek Chauvin trial is taking place, has a nearly 75% white population, but criminal justice advocates said they're encouraged that the jury chosen for the trial is diverse. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The trial of Derek Chauvin enters a new phase today, as opening statements are scheduled in the case of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd. Those demanding diversity among juries see this trial as a step in the right direction. The 12 jurors and ...Read More

According to the Alliance Voice of Community Nonprofits, the pandemic has worsened the impacts of already inadequate funding for nonprofit groups, such as creating telehealth services, getting PPE, and providing hazard pay to essential workers. (Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- In the General Assembly, the Appropriations Committee has been getting an earful about the need for more funding for affordable housing and fighting homelessness. The pandemic is just one factor in Connecticut's affordable-housing crisis. Public testimony on Senate Bill 340, whi ...Read More

Child care for one infant accounts for more than half the salary of a Michigander earning minimum wage. (AdobeStock)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Affordable child care is a crucial support for working parents, rivaling the cost of college or housing for some Michiganders. Research from the Michigan League for Public Policy showed the price for an infant at a child-care center is nearly 20% of income for Michiganders at the ...Read More

Last fall, South Dakota became the first state to endorse two marijuana-related ballot questions in the same election, for a medical cannabis program and to legalize recreational use for people age 21 and older. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- Today is the last day of South Dakota's legislative session, and lawmakers could decide the fate of a medical marijuana program approved by voters but opposed by the governor. Gov. Kristi Noem, a staunch critic of legalizing marijuana in any form, pushed to delay starting a medical ...Read More

Washington state is expecting more wildfires as the effects from climate change get worse. (Chris/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The impacts from climate change fall disproportionately on some people, but a bill in the Washington state Legislature aims to put those folks at the center of the conversation. The Healthy Environment for All Act (HEAL Act) would define and include environmental justice in the wo ...Read More

States that expanded Medicaid coverage have seen improved rates for colorectal, prostate and cervical cancer screenings compared with non-expansion states. (Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Senate has until Wednesday to advance the Medical Treatment Opportunity Act, which cleared the House last week. The measure would expand Medicaid coverage, giving 24,000 low-income residents access to health insurance, including roughly 3,000 people diagnosed with canc ...Read More

There are more than 70,000 nesting pairs of bald eagles in the United States, up from an all-time low of 417 in 1963. (Rex Wholster/Adobe Stock)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Bald eagle populations have quadrupled in the last decade, after nearing the brink of extinction. A new report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finds there are now more than 315,000 bald eagles in the lower 48 states, including more than 70,000 nesting pairs after years of c ...Read More

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