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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - AZ: Housing/Homelessness

Social distancing rules have kept many Arizonans in long-term care isolated from their families for months at a time during the pandemic. (M. Dorr/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX - The pandemic is having a devastating effect on Arizonans, but few groups have been hit harder than the state's vulnerable seniors. Senior advocates say poor policies and underfunding have left older Arizonans, especially those in long-term care facilities, highly vulnerable to COVID-19 inf

Thousands of Arizona renters could face eviction in January when both the federal eviction moratorium and CARES Act housing assistance are scheduled to end. (nito/Adobe Stock)

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Many Arizonans have used legal and financial assistance programs to keep a roof over their heads during the pandemic. However, advocacy groups say families behind on their rent could face a perfect storm Dec. 31, when the eviction moratorium and assistance programs both come to an

Hundreds of thousands of lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic have left many Arizonans unsure how they'll make their next rent or mortgage payment. (Elnur/Adobe Stock)

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic appears to be hitting the most vulnerable Arizonans the hardest. Aside from finding food, many newly unemployed, low-wage workers are concerned about keeping a roof over their heads. When stay-at-home orders were issued in March

The effects of the COVID-19 crisis are threatening thousands of Arizonans who either are homeless or have lost a job and could lose their housing. (Tab61/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX -- The COVID-19 pandemic is a frightening event for most Arizonans, but some say it's especially dangerous for people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. About 8,000 Arizonans are without permanent shelter -- and thousands more have lost jobs and could join their ranks. A s

The addition of live operators to handle COVID-19 calls on the 211 Arizona help line might mean the service could be fully restored when the crisis is over. (AtstockProductions/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- There's some cautious optimism that a new COVID-19 referral service could restore the '211 Arizona' help line to full operation again. After losing most of its funding in 2008, the social services hotline has been only a digital phone tree with no live operators. And an anti-abor

Seniors, a growing part of Arizona's homeless population, are stressing the resources of many social-service agencies. (Iakobchuk/AdobeStock)

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PHOENIX - Being homeless can be difficult for anyone, but social-service agencies say it's particularly daunting for a growing number of older Arizonans. These agencies say about one-third of people seeking shelter or other assistance are age 55 or older, and while there are numerous reasons for se

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PHOENIX - New condo and apartment complexes under construction are a common sight in downtown Phoenix, but the project known as First Place AZ is different. The $15.3 million apartment building, which will open this summer, is designed for adults with autism. The plan includes numerous safety featu

Landlords are supporting bills to make it harder for tenants to dispute the loss of a security deposit, and shorten the amount of time abandoned property must be stored. (Wikimedia Commons)

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PHOENIX – Two bills to tighten up rules on renters are up for debate in the Arizona Legislature this week - and anti-poverty groups are fighting to defeat them.

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