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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 - CO: Housing/Homelessness

Proponents of vaccinating homeless populations now say the move would limit the coronavirus' ability to develop and transmit dangerous new strains. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- Health experts are pressing Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to distribute COVID vaccines to Denver's homeless population, who have no other option but to shelter in large group settings. Danica Lee, deputy director for the Denver City and County COVID Response Team, said the risk of exposure fo

Colorado's 20 community health centers are the state's largest primary-care network, serving more than one in seven Coloradans regardless of their ability to pay. (Fernando Zhiminaicela/Pixabay)

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DENVER - Colorado's community health centers are shifting gears to deliver COVID-19 vaccines after Gov. Jared Polis called on the safety-net providers to deliver 20% of the state's vaccine supply for people age 70 and older. Polly Anderson, vice president for financing and strategy at the Colorado

Advocates say COVID-19 vaccines are critical for keeping emergency homeless shelter doors open by maintaining healthy staff. (Colorado Coalition for the Homeless)

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DENVER -- As homeless communities prepare to honor lives lost in 2020 in a candlelit vigil Monday night in Denver, advocates are warning that pushing those experiencing homelessness back in the line to get COVID-19 vaccines would be a mistake. Cathy Alderman, chief communications and public policy

Vida Foundation's 'Take My Hand' program will serve healthy after-school snacks for Eagle County's elementary-age kids. (Dilawarali/Pixabay)

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EDWARDS, Colo. -- Immigrant communities in Eagle County are celebrating this week's launch of the Vida Foundation, the brainchild of Pastor Josué Rubio of the Vida Nueva Christian Center in Edwards. The nonprofit aims to address some of the area's most pressing challenges, including health and

Some 179 million Americans are at risk of having their utilities disconnected as states lift shutoff moratoriums. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- With winter just around the corner, Colorado's communities of color and low-income families are disproportionately at risk of seeing their power cut off due to unpaid utility bills. Thousands of jobs were lost in the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and energy use spiked du

More than one in three Coloradans worries they could lose their housing because they can't afford their rent or mortgage, with people of color disproportionately at risk. (Galatas)

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DENVER -- Denver voters will get to decide if the city should create an ongoing, dedicated revenue stream to address the city's growing homeless crisis. Denver's City Council approved adding a Homelessness Resolution Fund to the November ballot, which would generate up to $40 million a year by ratc

Supporters of Tribal Colleges and Universities are calling on Congress to set aside at least $40 million per year for much-needed repairs, digital infrastructure upgrades and financial support for struggling students. (American Indian College Fund)

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This story is based on an opinion piece by Cheryl Crazy Bull and Sara Goldrick-Rab that first appeared on The Hechinger Report. Broadcast version by Eric Galatas for Public News Service Reporting for The Hechinger Report-Colorado News Service DENVER -- As students return to college this fall, advoc

School closures in Colorado led to the loss of free and reduced-price school meals for more than 350,000 students. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- More than 37% of Coloradans currently are struggling to afford food, compared with 11% during the Great Recession, and hunger-fighting advocates are calling on Congress to extend food assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Ellie Agar, communications director for Hunger Free Colorado,

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