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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.


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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.

Public News Service - NE: Civic Engagement

A recent poll found more than 90% of Nebraska voters want the process of redrawing the state's political districts to be data-driven, transparent and nonpartisan. (Capitolist/Wikimedia Commons)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- On Wednesday, the Nebraska Legislature's executive board heard arguments for the Redistricting Act, sponsored by Sen. John McCollister, R-Omaha. The bill aims to eliminate politics from the once-a-decade redrawing of the state's political districts. Gavin Geis, executive director

A recent Government Accountability Office report found more than 80% of nursing homes were cited for infection prevention failures, including washing hands in between patients, before the pandemic. (Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Advocates for nursing-home residents are pushing back against a proposal to give broad immunity for businesses that may face lawsuits connected with the coronavirus pandemic. So far, more than 1,000 people living in Nebraska's long-term care facilities have died of COVID-19. Nursi

Nebraskans who lost jobs through no fault of their own because of the coronavirus pandemic are posting their stories at 'essentialnebraska.com.' (Coalition for a Strong Nebraska)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's 107th Legislature kicked off yesterday, and a coalition of some 100 nonprofits have launched a new online portal to connect lawmakers with Nebraskans experiencing unprecedented economic hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Laurie Ponce Lage, directo

Research has shown a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced stress, anxiety and depression. (Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- A new survey of women aged fifty and older found lockdowns and social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic have amplified feelings of loneliness in Nebraska and across the U.S. Chronic loneliness can drive up cortisol levels in the body, which can weaken the immune system, di

Demand for food assistance in Nebraska has spiked during COVID-19, with Omaha's Together drive-through food pantry serving some 250 cars daily. (Wikimedia Commons)

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OMAHA, Neb. -- The number of Nebraskans not sure where their next meal would come from was on the decline in 2019, but that was before the coronavirus pandemic upended the nation's economy, sending millions of Americans into unemployment lines. Mike Hornacek, president and CEO of the group Together

An estimated 5.2 million Americans remain disenfranchised because of felony convictions. That's 2.3% of the voting-age population. (Michael Fleshman/Flickr)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Voters in Nebraska and across the country are heading to the polls today to participate in one of the most fundamental democratic processes. But more than 20,000 voting-age Nebraskans won't be able to cast a ballot because of a felony conviction. According to a report from The Sen

In 2018, Nebraskans age 50 and older contributed 250 hours, on average, per year caring for loved ones, at a value of $2.2 billion. (Pxfuel)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraskans age 50 and older create a big economic impact that should help the state's economy recover from the pandemic and drive economic growth for the next 30 years, according to new research from AARP. Todd Stubbendieck, state director at AARP Nebraska, said the study refutes

Final results for the 2020 presidential election may not be available on Election Night due to increased mail-in ballots cast by Nebraskans who want to vote from home. (Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nov. 3 election is just around the corner, and Nebraskans have until Friday, Oct. 16 to register to vote in an election that will decide who fills U.S. Senate and House seats, 25 unicameral seats, and initiatives on gambling and predatory lending. Gavin Geis, executive director

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