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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."


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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.

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A new report warns the U.S. will continue to see a shortage of caregivers as the population ages and families are smaller. It says by 2030, there will be only four potential family caregivers for every person over age 80, compared to seven in 2010. (AARP)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Unpaid family caregivers in California volunteer 4 billion hours of their time, and perform work valued at $63 billion each year, according to a recent report from AARP. The Golden State, with almost 40 million residents, has 4.7 million caregivers who help adult friends

The State of California is working toward a more livable, walkable, age-friendly future. (AARP California)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – By 2030, California’s over-65 population will grow by four million – and a bill just signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom should help the state plan for this demographic shift. Assembly Bill 1118, from Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, instructs the state to sign onto AARP

Starting today, 35 California counties expand their health programs to include more low-income families, regardless of immigration status. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

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MARTINEZ, Calif. - Dozens of California counties are expanding health care for lower-income residents as of today, no matter their immigration status. Most of the counties are in Northern California, in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevadas. It's part of the County Medical Services Program, which

Marriage equality is one of many issues funded by California philanthropic foundations honored this year with N.C.R.P. Impact Awards from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. (Ted Eytan)

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Three California philanthropic foundations have won Impact Awards this year from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. The award honors foundations that make grants to encourage diversity and empowerment of marginalized communities. One of the winners, the Sandler Foundation, has give

The Justice for Janitors movement protested last month in Los Angeles. It holds rallies across the state today (Tues.) for International Women's Day. (Ian Paredes/SEIU)

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LOS ANGELES - Thousands of women, mostly immigrants, who work as janitors are rallying today in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose and Sacramento to bring awareness to what they say are abuses of the legions of workers who clean California's high-rise buildings each night. It's part of Internationa

The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the CoveredCA exchange is Sun., Jan. 31. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

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LOS ANGELES - If you want to sign up for health insurance and get help paying for it you only have until Sunday to get it done. The healthcare marketplace's annual open enrollment period closes Jan. 31 and won't reopen until the fall. If you don't have insurance, there's a penalty of about $700 per

A bill to force transparency in prescription drug prices stalled in the California State Assembly Monday. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

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LOS ANGELES - Once again a bill to force drug makers to justify why certain drugs cost so much died in the California State Legislature. On Monday, Assembly member David Chiu pulled the bill, known as A.B. 463, when it became apparent it would not pass the Assembly Health Committee. The bill woul

Volunteers are building tiny houses as temporary shelters for the homeless. (Elvis Summers)

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LOS ANGELES - Volunteers in L.A. are racing today to finish building 10 tiny wooden houses to give to the homeless before Christmas. They're part of a group called "My Tiny House Project LA" a movement to build stop-gap shelters that is now active in San Diego and Oakland. The structures are just bi

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