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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.

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Some North Dakota employers are being honored this week for welcoming people living with disabilities into their workforce. They say these workers bring a lot to the table, and many have the ability to work from home. (Adobe Stock)

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MINOT, N.D. - In North Dakota, a state agency worries that people with disabilities are being overlooked in a tight job market, as business restrictions from the pandemic create hardships for many companies. This week, the state is honoring some of the businesses focusing on inclusive hiring. The

AARP Caregiving Expert Amy Goyer says family caregivers are often silent heroes. (AARP)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- There are more than 62,000 unpaid caregivers in North Dakota, whose invaluable contributions allow older relatives to age in place in their homes. A national expert is in the state this week to discuss the joys and challenges of this important role. AARP Caregiving Expert Amy Goy

Family caregivers provide more than 58 million hours of service a year in North Dakota. (Brian Walker/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- A grant to help family caregivers get some rest is on its way to North Dakota. The state has received the Lifespan Respite Care Grant, a $200,000 award to help the state come up with solutions for giving North Dakota's more than 62,000 family caregivers a break. The grant will he

The Trump administration and the U.S. House have proposed massive cuts to Medicaid. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – This weekend marks the 52nd anniversary of the Medicaid program, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965. Medicaid provides insurance for children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, seniors and low-income adults, and 114,000 North Dakotans curren

The North Dakota Legislature passed one piece of legislation aimed at helping caregivers this session.(Public.Resource.Org/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Family caregivers in the Peace Garden State went 1-for-2 in bills supporting their work from the North Dakota Legislature. The bills were designed to help the state's roughly 62,000 family caregivers. The first, House Bill 1038, upped the resources for caregivers to get rest

North Dakota advocates are urging Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton to make Social Security reform a top priority. (iStockphoto)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- As the Republican National Convention winds down and the Democrats prepare for theirs, North Dakota advocacy groups are pushing for more details on the presidential candidates' plans for Social Security. With more baby boomers reaching retirement age, the system faces growing sol

Low-income North Dakotans, and those with certain medical conditions, can now apply for help paying for air conditioner repairs and other cooling devices. (iStockphoto)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – It's the dog days of summer, and North Dakota officials say help is available for low-income families, older folks and those with medical needs who need help staying cool. With hot temperatures and high humidity levels hitting the state in the next few weeks, the North Dakot

Scientists say they found a new Lyme-disease causing bacteria in several Midwestern states, including North Dakota. (iStockphoto)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Nature lovers beware. Scientists believe they have found a new species of bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors found at least six cases in patients only in the upper Midwest. Microbiologist Dr. Jeannine Peterse

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