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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


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A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - KY: Civic Engagement

From September to December 2020, intent to receive COVID-19 vaccination increased from 39.4% to 49.1% among adults from various demographic groups, says research from the CDC. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Medical experts and health-care advocacy groups warn legislation to expand Kentuckians' ability to opt out of vaccinations against infectious diseases is dangerous and unnecessary, especially during a pandemic. Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, the majority whip, said he filed th

As of 2020, it's estimated nationally more than five million people cannot vote due to a prior felony conviction. (Adobe Stock)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- State lawmakers are considering bills to restore rights for people with felonies in their past, as well as expand polling hours, vote-by-mail options and same-day registration. A virtual event Thursday by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) aims to keep people informed about

Supporters built a memorial in downtown Louisville, Ky. for Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police during a no-knock raid in March 2020. (Wikimedia Commons).

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- After the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police, some states have moved to ban no-knock search warrants, and Kentucky could soon do the same. This month, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Breonna's Law into effect. Pennsylvania and Tennessee are considering similar move

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Una nueva coalición estatal quiere que las escuelas y las comunidades se enfoquen en la educación y que cuiden a los estudiantes. El Centro de Kentucky por Niñas y Niños Saludables (Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Children"), formado por más de dos docenas

Diabetes Prevention Program facilitators and participants at Juniper Health in Jackson, Ky. L-R: Bridget Turner, Rebecca Smith, Karen Kerr and Kathy Gay. (Parker Hobson)

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WHITESBURG, Ky. - Local diabetes prevention programs in many eastern Kentucky counties are helping people stay healthy and prevent pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes during the pandemic. Research has shown that diabetes can increase the risk of complications from COVID-19. It's estimated one in six

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams says after counting early in-person votes and absentee ballots requested, Kentucky is already at 84% of its total voter turnout in 2016. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- State leaders and voting-rights organizations say voters should be prepared before they head out to the polls today. Jennifer Jackson, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Lexington, said many Kentuckians, especially in rural areas, may have been voting at the same pollin

Research has shown spending time in nature during early childhood can shape a person's views and enjoyment of the outdoors into adulthood. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Environmental advocates and outdoor enthusiasts across the state are focusing on inclusion and diversity in hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. Despite wanting to experience nature, many people of color may not have the opportunity to explore Kentucky's numerous trails,

Day and night, protesters have gathered in downtown Louisville over the death of Breonna Taylor. (Nadia Ramlagan)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Six months after Louisville police officers shot and killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in her home, city officials announced this week they will pay her family $12 million, one of the highest settlement amounts ever paid for the wrongful death of a Black woman. The three police o

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