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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.


2021Talks - March 3rd, 2021 


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 - MT: Disabilities

Jen Banna has five children, including one daughter with a neurodevelopmental disability. (Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Families with people who have disabilities can sometimes feel isolated because of their experiences. Siblings of people with physical, developmental or mental-health diagnoses especially have unique experiences, which include challenges and rewards. Abbey Guza, a licensed clinical

Supportive decision-making is seen as a less restrictive approach to helping people with disabilities and older people manage their lives. (M.Dorr & M.Frommherz/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- While traditional guardianship for an individual can be necessary, it also can restrict the choices they make in their lives. In Montana, a movement is afoot to provide less limiting options. Most of the folks under guardianship have disabilities or are older. Theresa Baldry, tran

The University of Montana's MonTECH program offers free, 30-day loans of its assistive-technology equipment across the state. (MonTECH)

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MISSOULA, Mont. -- Technology from the University of Montana will provide a big assist to students living with disabilities as the school year begins. Within the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, the MonTECH program provides assistive technology to people across the state. Molly Kimmel, th

A study found rural residents were less likely to follow CDC guidelines for mitigating COVID-19 spread, like frequent hand washing and sanitizing. (thayra83/Adobe Stock)

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MISSOULA, Mont. -- A new study finds rural Americans are at higher risk for COVID-19 than their urban counterparts but less likely to adhere to public health recommendations. The University of Montana's Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities focused on people with disabil

People in rural communities have higher rates of disabilities and tend to be older than in urban areas. (alonaphoto/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Montanans with disabilities face multiple barriers to care in the coronavirus pandemic, and those issues are compounded in rural parts of the state. Fewer than a quarter of Montana counties have Intensive Care Unit beds. Lillie Grieman, project director for the Research and Traini

COVID-19 has spread in correctional facilities across the country. (William/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has issued a directive designed to protect Montanans in prison against COVID-19. But advocacy groups for incarcerated people say it doesn't go far enough. Bullock's directive asks the Board of Pardons and Parole to consider early release for people wit

Most rural Americans with disabilities lack a nearby Social Security Administration office. (Minerva Studio/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Rural people living with disabilities could feel the biggest impact from changes to the Social Security disability program. The Trump administration wants to review the disability benefits for about 1 million people more often, according to the Social Security Administration. This

Direct-care workers could lose out on benefits if Montana lawmakers choose to make drastic cuts to the Dept. of Health and Human Services. (Drew Tarvin/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. – Montana home-care workers are urging the Legislature to find a better way to fill a massive hole in the state budget. The state could slash agency budgets by 10 percent in order to make up its $228-million deficit. Cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services would come

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