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PNS Daily Newscast - May 10, 2021 


Governor Ron DeSantis shuts the door on Florida's unemployment benefits, and as Montana gains a congressional seat, the focus turns to 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: April 5, 2021

Oregon's eviction moratorium ends June 30 and the state could see a torrent of evictions if renters have to pay missed rents. (Mr Doomits/Adobe Stock)

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SALEM, Ore. -- Facing a housing crisis from the pandemic, Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure to better protect renters. Senate Bill 282, known as the tenant protection bill, would extend the repayment grace period for back rent to Feb. 28, 2022. It passed the Senate Housing and Development ...Read More

Like other states, the constitution of North Dakota requires the Legislative Assembly to redistrict itself following each federal decennial census. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- While the stage is being set for redistricting in North Dakota, lawmakers appear willing to give the public more of a window into how the legislative maps come together. Watchdogs said that's encouraging, but will continue pressing for transparency. The North Dakota Senate could ...Read More

Dr. TaLisa Carter is an assistant professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University. (Photo courtesy of Carter)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Testimony resumes this morning in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd. Some early testimony has renewed conversation about the historical mistreatment of Black people in the U.S. TaLisa Carter, assistant professor in th ...Read More

Washington state has classified farm and agriculture workers as essential during the pandemic. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- The U.S. House has passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, setting up a path to citizenship for immigrant farmworkers, but some groups representing workers say it would put too much power into the hands of the agriculture industry. If the bill passes, workers with at least a decade ...Read More

The Navajo Nation is one of dozens of tribal lands where thousands of cases of missing and murdered Native Americans remain unsolved. (Flickr)<br /><br />

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has created a new law enforcement unit to put renewed focus on resolving the cases of Native Americans who are missing or have been killed. Under the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Office of Justice Services, the Missing and Murdered Unit will coordin ...Read More

Research shows students who drop out or pause their college education are less likely to complete their degrees. (Nikolay Georgiev/Pixabay)
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DENVER -- Enrollment in Colorado's colleges and universities dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, and educators said the impacts could be felt throughout the state's economy for years to come. Angie Paccione, executive director for the Colorado Department of Higher Education, said many students ...Read More

Criminals target older Nebraskans by posing as potential romantic partners, sweepstakes officials and grandchildren in need of money. (Don Hankins/Flickr)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- A new state law aims to stop scams that target the financial assets of older Nebraskans. Jina Ragland, associate state director of advocacy and outreach for AARP Nebraska, said older residents are especially susceptible to financial exploitation because they often have sizable asse ...Read More

About 30% of Connecticut households don't have access to a car. Legislation just passed in the Environment Committee aims to tackle transportation inequities, and to clean up the environment. (Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Strides to strengthen and modernize public transit are underway in Connecticut. The General Assembly's Environment Committee passed a bill to boost the clean-energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Thomas Regan-Lefebvre, coordinator of the Tran ...Read More

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