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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: Civic Engagement

State lawmakers are considering a bill to amend the state constitution to allow no-excuse absentee voting going forward. (Judy Lhamon/League of Women Voters CT)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- At a marathon hearing over Zoom on Monday, dozens of people put in their two cents on whether Connecticut should allow early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee ballots. Last year, the state allowed voters to claim "fear of COVID-19" as an excuse to get an absentee ballot on

The Capitol Police used tear gas to try to repel rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. (Tyler Merkler/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The U.S. House of Representatives is delivering the articles of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate today, and many Democrats are arguing for a speedy trial. Trump is accused of inciting the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 in order to stop the certificat

A climate-change protest known as a

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Opponents of the proposed Killingly natural-gas power plant are ramping up public pressure, with a protest today in Hartford and another on Sunday, Jan. 16, in New Haven. At 2 p.m. today, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is scheduled to be a featured speaker at the Hartford

Net-neutrality advocates oppose President Donald Trump's effort to install a loyalist at the FCC during the lame-duck period. (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

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HARTFORD, Ct. -- The U.S. Senate could vote as early as today to approve President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Communications Commission - a nomination opposed by Democrats and advocates for net neutrality. Nathan Simington is a Commerce Department official who wrote a controversial rul

The Trump campaign has launched multiple lawsuits, unsuccessfully so far, in an attempt to contest the election results. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Members of the National Task Force on Election Crises are speaking out about President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the election, saying it could have major repercussions if it continues. The head of the General Services Administration is holding up almost $10 million for th

The public is invited to leave photos of their loved ones at a temporary altar built inside city hall in New Haven for Day of the Dead. (John Lugo)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- This year, New Haven's Day of the Dead parade has taken on new significance as organizers dedicated it to the nearly 230,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Human rights and workers' rights advocates built a Dia de los Muertos altar at City Hall and invited the

Ballot boxes around the country are filling up, as voters in many states already have begun to make their choices. (Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The results in the presidential election will be significantly delayed, and experts say there are multiple scenarios in which the election could end up in the courts or in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a result of the pandemic, tens of millions of Americans have chosen t

The Citizens' Elections Program was launched more than a decade ago in Connecticut, following multiple corruption scandals in the state. (HappyLenses/Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut is setting the standard for publicly funded elections fueled by small donors, according to a new report from Common Cause. The state's voluntary Citizens' Election Program bars participating candidates from accepting donations from PACs and other big-money groups, an

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