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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 - IA: Civic Engagement

Iowa is one of several states to see election reform bills surface following the 2020 election. Such legislation would place further restrictions on certain options, including early voting. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa lawmakers gathered public testimony Monday on controversial legislation opponents describe as voter suppression. Supporters argue the state's election laws need updates after many voters opted to cast their ballots absentee last year. The proposed bills, including House Bi

Environmental groups say the United States needs to recover from and reverse policy decisions under the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency, or the nation could see more devastating storms such as the derecho that struck Iowa last year. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - As calls grow for President Donald Trump's removal from office over the Capitol riot, other groups say his environmental policies have put the country in peril in a different way. The current urgency from House Democrats is focused on the 25th Amendment or a second impeachment, b

An Iowa faith leader says the nation's overall history with racism played a role in Wednesday's riots at the U.S. Capitol. (Adobe Stock)

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NEW HAMPTON, Iowa -- In the wake of Wednesday's riots at the U.S. Capitol, an Iowa pastor said the country needs to fully address its past so it can move on from tensions he feels are tied to white privilege. From social media to political commentators, observations were made about how the mostly-w

In addition to Johnson County, Iowa's Linn County also offered the option for people to vote from their cars in 2020. (Adobe Stock)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 2020 election saw many voters cast their ballots in ways much different than they're used to. The pandemic resulted in a surge in absentee voting by mail, but drive-through voting also surfaced -- and one Iowa official believes it has staying power. Johnson County Auditor Tra

Prior to an executive order signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds this summer, Iowa was the only state to prohibit those with past felony convictions from voting. (Adobe Stock)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Prior to the November election, Iowans with past felony convictions were given the opportunity to vote. However, only a small number registered, and advocates point to a short timeframe, while hoping for more outreach in future elections. Late this summer, Gov. Kim Reynolds signe

Iowa has emerged as a battleground state in the 2020 presidential election, and the group Vote America says same-day registration in the state benefits those who still want to participate in an election that could see a close outcome. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Ahead of this week's election, Iowa's secretary of state announced that a record number of state residents were registered to vote. However, one nonprofit says that's no reason for complacency in trying to get all eligible voters to participate. This week, the state reported Io

Earlier this year, Wisconsin saw more than 20,000 absentee ballots rejected because of voter mistakes, nearly the same number by which Donald Trump won that state in 2016. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Across the U.S., absentee ballots are being mailed in at historic levels. That's created questions about more rejected votes because of mistakes, and whether that will affect the election outcome in battleground states like Iowa. But the Iowa Secretary of State said there's no

Heading into 2020, a record 32 million Latinos were projected to be eligible to vote in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A key advocacy group says Iowa's Latinx communities could have a significant impact at the polls in November. And even though policy decisions have made it harder to vote safely, activists feel optimistic about turnout. Historically, Latinos have lagged behind other demographic

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