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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.

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While the holidays are a time of gatherings with family and friends, they also can be a source of stress for many seniors. (Pixabay)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Holidays can be a wonderful time to reunite adult children and their parents, whether the parents live in their own home, or in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Family visits also can be some of the best times to evaluate older people’s health and self-re

About 119,000 Florida veterans rely on Medicaid for their health care, according to a new report. (Pippalou/morguefile)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – While many Floridians honored the sacrifices of military members over the holiday weekend, some also are calling on Congress to honor the nation's promises to veterans, as the possibility looms for devastating cuts to their health benefits. According to a new report from

While the national high school graduation rate is around 82 percent, a new study finds Florida lags behind at just 76 percent. (hmm360/morguefile)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida falls behind the national high school graduation rate, and the recent proliferation of alternative schools doesn't seem to be helping, according to a new study. Even though they enroll a small slice of students, the report from Johns Hopkins University finds that charte

Health advocates say giving drug users access to sterile needles will help fight the spread of HIV. (xenia/morguefile)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With Florida leading the nation in the number of new HIV cases and facing a growing heroin epidemic, health advocates say a measure moving through the Legislature could help on both fronts. The program would create a pilot in Miami-Dade County, run by the University of Miami Ho

Florida is ranked 15th in the nation for smoking cessation and prevention spending, according to a new report. (robertjojorge/morguefile)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The number of Florida high school kids who smoke has dropped to an all-time low, according to new data analyzing the impact of what states spend on smoking prevention-and-cessation programs. According to the report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, this year Florida wil

December 15 is the deadline to renew or enroll in ACA health-care plans for those wishing for coverage to begin in January.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It's been a very busy month for those helping to enroll Floridians in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, but those on the ground say there's still more work to be done to reach the state's uninsured. Right now, Florida leads the nation for the number of peop

Wheelchair attendants have been working without training or protective gear, and the workers are being exposed to passengers that are bleeding or have been sick, while being taken to their aircraft.

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MIAMI - Workers at one of Florida's largest airports are announcing federal complaints today, alleging unsafe conditions, including exposure to sometimes-hazardous bodily fluids. Wheelchair attendants at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are calling on both the Department and Transport

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The massive budget cuts passed by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, and signed into law by Tea Party-backed Gov. Rick Scott, are coming home to roost in Florida's municipalities. Municipal leaders say their cities are being hit hard, with cuts in social services, public

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