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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 - AZ: Civic Engagement

Sunset brings out the brilliant colors of the Arizona desert at Saguaro National Park near Tucson, part of the millions of acres of public lands across the state. (Nate Hovee/Adobe Stock)<br />

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- A recent poll of voters in Arizona and seven other western states shows increased support for conservation policies, and deep concern for the future of the region's land, water, air and wildlife. But the annual Conservation in the West Poll had a new wrinkle this year: an over

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

Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission will begin drawing up new voting districts in February for the 2022 midterm elections and beyond. (Evgen/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX -- With the 2020 election behind them, the next political event in Arizona and other battleground states will be the once-in-a-decade redistricting process. Starting in 2021, states will redraw district boundaries for Congress and state legislatures based on the results of the 2020 census.

Elections officials say people planning to vote on Election Day should come prepared for an extended wait to cast their ballot. (sharkshock/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX -- Voting in today's general election is expected to be simple and safe, but with a deeply divided electorate, some Arizonans could face what they see as voter intimidation. Voting-rights organizations - from the American Civil Liberties Union to the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Und

Elections officials have sent out more than 2 million mail-in ballots to Arizonans who plan to vote early in the Nov. 3 general election. (Flickr)

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PHOENIX -- Arizonans are setting records for early voting, with state officials expecting an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots. While the vast majority of early votes are accepted, officials say some could be rejected for technical errors. With less than a week before Election Day, what can an

Volunteers with OneArizona helped thousands of Arizonans register to vote during the spring and summer, and are re-contacting them before Election Day to make sure they have a plan to cast their ballot. (OneArizona)<br />

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- What do you do for an encore after you register thousands of Arizonans to vote? You head back out and make sure they cast their ballots. Volunteers from OneArizona, a coalition of almost 30 advocacy groups from across the state, spent much of the spring and summer contacting and a

A court ruling will allow Arizonans who are isolated because of the COVID-19 pandemic to vote via a video conference in the upcoming election to avoid exposure to the virus. (Lightfield Studios/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX -- A court ruling has opened the opportunity for Arizonans who are isolated because of the COVID-19 pandemic to use a video call to vote in the November elections. The decision will allow persons in hospitals or nursing homes who are unable to cast their vote in person to videoconference wi

Experts say groups such as QAnon and others who traffic in false conspiracy theories are becoming increasingly involved in American politics. (Wikimedia Commons)

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- As Arizonans head to the polls, experts say that to make an informed choice, they should study and understand each candidate's position on the issues. But they also warn - this being 2020 - voters also should be aware some candidates base their positions, at least in part, on unprov

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