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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: Civic Engagement

Medical aid-in-dying is currently available to more than one in five Americans. It is authorized in nine states, including Colorado, and the District of Columbia. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- A new report suggests Colorado's medical aid-in-dying law, passed in 2016, is working as intended, by helping qualified terminally ill residents end their suffering. Sam DeWitt, southwest regional campaign and outreach manager for the group Compassion & Choices, noted data collected by th

Since 2017, AARP has awarded 560 Community Challenge grants to nonprofit organizations and government entities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including dozens in Colorado. (Burim/ Wikimedia Commons)

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DENVER -- AARP is now accepting applications for its Community Challenge grant program. This year's focus is to increase investments in projects that boost diversity and inclusion, and that help local communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Applications will be accepted through April 14.

Advocates say people with disabilities should be prioritized for vaccinations to prevent further damage due to increased isolation. (Pixabay)

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DENVER - People with disabilities in Colorado are among those at greatest risk of suffering from depression or other mental-health conditions during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Candie Burnham, executive director of the advocacy group Atlantis Community, said people with disabilities can experi

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

In Colorado, union members account for just 9% of wage and salaried workers. (Bridgesward/Pixabay)

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DENVER -- As President-elect Joe Biden considers his pick for labor secretary, unions in Colorado and across the U.S. are eager to leave the Trump administration in the past. Dan Mauer, legislative director with the Communications Workers of America, said President Donald Trump's National Labor Re

Fifty-four million Americans are projected to lack reliable access to nutritious food because of economic fallout from COVID-19 by year's end. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- The Colorado Legislature has allocated an additional $5 million to help address an unprecedented rise in hunger across the state as part of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The state's food pantries and food banks have until this Sunday to apply for grants. Jason Harris

Two out of five public school students in Colorado are considered low-income. (Geralt/Pixabay)

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By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat / Broadcast version by Eric Galatas, reporting for Colorado News Connection DENVER -- Despite modest gains over the last decade, the University of Colorado Boulder still ranks near the bottom of the list of flagship public universities in enrollment of low-income studen

Nineteen advocacy groups filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging the Affordable Care Act be upheld, arguing it

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DENVER -- Advocates for people with disabilities are keeping a close eye on the U.S. Supreme Court as it considers a case calling for the elimination of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the court strikes down the health law, 20 million Americans, including at least 600,000 Coloradans, are projecte

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