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PNS Daily Newscast - March 3, 2021 


New bilingual outreach for LGBTQ+ community hard-hit by the pandemic; Texas Gov. Abbott declares an end to the Lone Star State's mask mandate.


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Supreme Court hears voting-rights cases, while the House considers election reforms; FBI says 'Antifa' wasn't involved on Jan. 6; COVID relief could pass this week; and background-check bills are introduced in both chambers.

Public News Service - MN: Civic Engagement

Members of Minnesota's Youth Environmental Activists program say learning about climate change include its effects on marginalized communities and minorities. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Young climate advocates are trying to get Minnesota lawmakers to pay closer attention to their concerns about the environment, and they're played a role in drafting a bill requiring climate justice to be taught in the classroom. The legislation has input from the Youth Environmen

Late last year, many hospital systems, including several in Minnesota, were overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Grant programs are now available for the families of staff members who died after contracting the virus. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Healthcare workers have often been called heroes during the pandemic, but their advocates say the sentiment can be quickly forgotten by the public - including in some cases, their deaths. A Minnesota organization is honoring their sacrifice by helping their families. With the hel

Voter advocacy groups say Minnesota has a good history of operating fair elections with strong checks and balances. But they note that hasn't stopped efforts by some legislators to push measures calling for tighter restrictions. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Joe Biden presidency is now under way, following chaotic attempts to overturn his victory. A Minnesota group warns despite the transition, state-level efforts continue to undermine voter access amid discredited claims. Polls indicate many Republicans still don't acknowledge

Co-chairs of a new reparations commission in St. Paul say the eyes of the world are on Minnesota in light of George Floyd's death, and what role the region can play in addressing social and racial inequities. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The movement for reparations for Black Americans has seen greater urgency since the police killing of George Floyd last year. And in the state where he died, the effort to make amends has taken a big step. This week the St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a new commission

The heated political rhetoric leading up to the recent riots at the U.S. Capitol has left many democracy advocates wondering whether civil discourse can be restored. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol came on the heels of growing calls to help more people understand how democracy works and where to get reliable information. Some say it should start in the classroom. The halls of Congress were stormed by supporters of President Donald Trump, w

Even with the Biden administration set to take over the White House in less than two weeks, many members of Congress say President Donald Trump needs to be removed beforehand because of this week's riots at the Capitol. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Removing President Donald Trump from office is now a focus in Washington after the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Democrats and some Republicans are floating options. And several Minnesota leaders want action, but an expert questions if it can be done. Leaders such as House Speaker N

Groups calling for election reform say the structure of voting, from state systems to the courts that protect them, still mostly works. They say the biggest current threat is state legislatures that might consider reducing access to voting. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Electoral College convenes today in another step to formally establish Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential race. But following the latest legal challenge on President Donald Trump's behalf, questions about faith in democracy persist. Three Minnesota Republican congre

Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL) and Rep. Rena Moran (R) are both members of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus in the Minnesota House. (Photo courtesy of Vang)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In his victory speech on Saturday, President-elect Joe Biden offered a tone of national healing and bipartisanship. In Minnesota, one state lawmaker hopes for the same, although it is likely the only split Legislature in the country is going to stay that way. Despite some possib

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