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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - AR: Civic Engagement

Experts say storage and retention of election materials are important aspects of an audit. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- As President Donald Trump continues to insist the presidential election was marred by what he has called "massive voter fraud" that resulted in a win for President-elect Joe Biden, more states and counties are implementing election auditing procedures. Experts say audits are a

So far, early voter turnout in Arkansas is outpacing turnout in 2016. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Election Day is a week away and this year, many Arkansans are trying their hand at casting ballots in ways that may differ from their past voting methods. Many county clerks are reporting high numbers of absentee ballot requests, after COVID-19 was approved as a reason to vote

Small-business owners are calling for a sustainable paid-leave foundation to support their efforts to keep workplaces safe. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- New data shows more than 800,000 workers in Arkansas were left out of paid leave by gaps in emergency COVID relief legislation. Jessica Mason, senior policy analyst at the National Partnership for Women and Families, said many of these workers are women with children at home,

Election security experts say there's a possibility foreign governments could interfere in the 2020 General Election by tampering with state voter registration databases. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Amid concern foreign governments could interfere in the 2020 general election, a new survey finds state voter-registration databases are more secure than in 2018. Almost twice as many states now require multi-factor authentication and passwords that are at least eight characte

Supreme Court, court of appeals and district court judges are nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S.  Senate. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Over the past few years, the U.S. Senate has confirmed 185 of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, the majority of whom have a conservative track record. Along with two Supreme Court justices, senators have confirmed 50 circuit court and 133 district court judges. Acc

Main Street Batesville has received a $5,000 grant to connect the Maxfield Park development park, seen here, to the downtown district with a sidewalk. (MainStreetBatesville)<br /><br /><br />

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Three Arkansas towns are among the recipients of AARP Community Challenge grants for 2019. The program awards more than $1.6 million for "quick action" projects across the country, helping nonprofits and local governments make immediate improvements and jump-start long-te

The Arkansas Geological Survey says most Arkansans live within the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a fault line that is capable of generating major earthquakes. (vchalup/AdobeStock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – While people in some parts of California are dealing with earthquakes lately, Arkansans may think they are in the clear. But geologists say that's not the case. In fact, large parts of Arkansas fall inside the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a fault line that has produced some

Backers say an initiative on the midterm election ballot to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas would benefit the entire state economy. (Pixabay)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For the second time in five years, Arkansas voters will get the chance to increase the state's minimum wage on Election Day. Issue 5 on Tuesday's ballot, if approved, would raise the base pay for Arkansas workers from the current $8.50 an hour to $11 an hour by 2021. Jona

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