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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 - CT: Disabilities

Advance directives can save families from having to agonize over end-of-life decisions when a patient can't speak for him or herself. (Click/Morguefile)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- In the face of a staggering death toll from COVID-19, and the prospect that many more will succumb, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill to help Americans plan for end-of-life issues. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced the Compassionate Care Act on Tuesday, which would

More that 750,000 people with disabilities are incarcerated in the United States. (USA-Reiseblogger/pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The criminal justice reform bill making its way through Congress will help thousands of people with disabilities re-enter their communities. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 32 percent of people in federal prisons and 40 percent of all people in jail in the Un

The program delivers prescription medications directly to participants through the mail. (bluebudgie/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Low-income people who are HIV positive can now get their medications delivered to their door free of charge. The Community Renewal Team, based in Hartford, has joined with a pharmacy to launch a new program that can help those who may have trouble getting to the drugstore t

Countries that restrict access to military-style weapons have far fewer mass shootings. (meketrefe/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The latest mass shootings have led to calls for enhanced reporting of mental health records. But mental health experts say that would have little, if any, impact. News coverage of the November 14 shootings at a school in Rancho Tehama, Calif., focused on the shooter's mental his

Helping people with disabilities live independently saves Connecticut millions of dollars a year. (CDC)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for people with disabilities say cutting funding for the state's independent living centers would cost Connecticut millions of dollars. In his efforts to close the state's $5.5 billion, two-year budget shortfall, Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed eliminating the ent

AARP estimates that home and community care is one-third the cost of a nursing home. (Myfuture.com/Flickr)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut has made progress in meeting the long-term care needs of seniors, but advocates say proposed cuts to the state budget could wipe out those gains. A new state-by-state scorecard from the Commonwealth Fund shows Connecticut has improved its performance in helping

Connecticut's governor proposes cutting or eliminating programs that help seniors remain in their homes as they age. (Tunstall/Flickr)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - A new round of proposed budget cuts in Connecticut would inflict more harm on programs that save the state money, according to advocates for seniors. Gov. Dannel Malloy on Monday unveiled a budget blueprint that includes cuts to programs that help seniors remain in their homes, in

The 2016 census showed a 20 percent decline in the chronically homeless in Connecticut. (Matthew Woitunski/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Volunteers are needed to help with the annual census of homelessness in Connecticut next month. On Jan. 24, people will fan out in Connecticut and across the country to count how many people are homeless that night. Using a specially designed phone app, volunteers interac

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