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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."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


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 - NC: Civic Engagement

Legislative maps of areas such as Charlotte are changing because of a surge in population growth. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Every ten years, states use the census to redraw congressional and state legislative districts, but delays in the release of 2020 census data because of the pandemic have some experts worried that could lead to extreme gerrymandering and a torrent of litigation. North Carolina Repu

Some evangelical Christians have fueled pro-Trump rhetoric that has taken on a life of its own, even as Donald Trump leaves office. (Fibonacci Blue/Wikimedia Commons)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- As a new administration began its work, faith leaders said there is opportunity for religious communities to tamper down on extremism and work toward peace and unity. Many supporters at the Capitol insurrection appeared to be fueled by religious fervor, displaying signs with Christ

The North Carolina Department for Health and Human Services says its goal is to decrease the percentage of children living in food insecure homes from 20.9% to 17.5% by 2025. (Adobe Stock)

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DURHAM, N.C. - Thanksgiving gatherings may be smaller this year, but North Carolinians need access to food more than ever, as the pandemic's economic downturn leaves many households struggling to buy groceries. Katie-Rose Crater, interim co-director of Farmer Foodshare works with farmers of color,

Across the country, healthcare providers are helping patients register to vote or request mail-in ballots. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Some medical schools, clinics and community health centers in North Carolina are now giving patients the option to register to vote, check to see if they are registered to vote or request a mail-in ballot. The nationwide initiative, known as "Vot-ER" aims to boost voter registratio

Around 77% of North Carolina residents identify as Christian. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- As Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Republican incumbent Mike Pence gear up for their first debate tonight, some Christian voters say they're overshadowed by media coverage of far-right, evangelical issues. Reverend Dr. Oliver M. Thomas, an associate pastor

Compared to voters who were registered prior to the 2016 general election, newly registered North Carolina voters are more likely to identify as Hispanic or Asian, according to data from the North Carolina Demography Institute. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is Friday, October 9, and advocacy groups are racing to get the word out with six weeks left before the November election. Ricky Leung, communications and outreach director at North Carolina Asian Americans Together, said he's esp

Of all the potential North Carolina voters who were disenfranchised in 2016 because of a felony conviction, more than half were on community supervision. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Some North Carolinians who currently are on probation, parole or post-release supervision for a felony conviction are now allowed to vote thanks to a recent court ruling. Yet advocates say the state has a long way to go when it comes to ensuring people with past felonies can cast th

According to a nationwide Rutgers University study, around 14 million people with disabilities reported voting in 2018. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Some people living with disabilities can't fill out an absentee ballot without assistance, and disability-rights experts say that's a serious issue for folks in North Carolina who are worried about the health risks of heading to the polls in a pandemic. Virginia Knowlton Marcus, ch

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