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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: Housing/Homelessness

A new survey finds almost 7,800 people younger than 25 in Connecticut were on the streets or couch surfing with friends or relatives in 2020. (Allan Vega/CCEH)

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HARTFORD, Ct. -- Almost 2,500 people younger than age 25 were living on the streets at some point in 2020, according to new estimates from a network of agencies that serve the homeless. The study released Monday found the numbers rise to more than 7,800 when you include youths who are sheltering t

Workers rallied at the state Capitol for additional COVID relief in May. (ULA)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Workers' rights groups are hopeful Congress will pass a $900 billion COVID relief bill but said it's just a first step. The bill reportedly includes a direct stimulus payment to needy families and billions to facilitate distribution of the vaccine and help struggling businesses a

Connecticut lost a congressional seat after the 2020 census, something that could happen again if there is a significant undercount this time. (Greater New Haven Counts)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A parade of cars will roam New Haven Friday, blasting out tunes -- part of an event to draw attention to the census. The 2020 census is under way, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, outreach workers have had to think outside the box in order to get people excited about fi

Criminal-justice advocates say discrimination based on a person's past criminal record extends punishment long after release. (@skywardkick/Twenty20)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - State legislators held a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would expand Connecticut's civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination based on a person's criminal history. The General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee heard testimony on House Bill 6921. The first bill of i

Homelessness in Connecticut has decreased by 25 percent since 2007. (sinzicraciun0/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – A federal report released this week says homelessness increased more than 17 percent in Connecticut this year, but housing advocates say the raw numbers don't tell the whole story. The Department of Housing and Urban Development report counted almost 4,000 people as being h

The annual

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Sustained temperatures well below freezing can be life-threatening to Connecticut's homeless population, but warming centers are open. When temperatures are this low, anyone who has no heat or shelter is in trouble. Even for those who have a home, a broken furnace, a burst

Chronic homelessness in Connecticut has decreased almost 60 percent in three years. (fantareis/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for the homeless are worried that cuts in Connecticut's budget, now almost seven weeks overdue, could roll back progress. The January census of homelessness showed a third straight year of declining numbers in the Nutmeg State, a 24-percent reduction from 2014 and

Proposed federal and state budget cuts are jeopardizing programs such as Meals on Wheels, in Connecticut and across the country. (Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Proposed state and federal budget cuts threaten Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. That's the message service providers and customers took to Harford on Thursday. Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to cut funding for the Human Services Infrastructure Community Action Program by 20 per

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