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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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As of June 2020, one in every six U.S. residents collected Social Security benefits, including about 348,000 Nevadans. (Silviarita/Pixabay)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Many American workers will enjoy a 6.2% bump in their take-home pay for the rest of the year, but leaner paychecks are coming in 2021. A tax deferment began Sep. 1 via executive order by President Donald Trump. It means workers don't have to pay their part of the tax that goes to

In early May, the leader of the United Nations said 1 billion people living with disabilities around the world have been among the hardest-hit by COVID-19. (ncsl.org)

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LAS VEGAS -- COVID-19 has bumped the U.S. unemployment rate to historic levels, but advocates for those living with disabilities say the success of working from home should encourage employers to recognize their broad skill set. Vince Loose, president and CEO at SourceAmerica, said in 2019, employ

Harvey Chernikoff choked while riding a paratransit bus in 2011. This week, Nevada lawmakers take up a bill to require first aid training for drivers. (Chernikoff Family)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. – Six years ago, a man with intellectual challenges choked to death on a Las Vegas paratransit bus, and the driver didn't have the training to help him. Tomorrow, the State Assembly Transportation Committee hears a bill to require first-aid training for paratransit drivers.

The Journey of Hope cross-country cycling trek, raising money to help people with disabilities, arrives in Las Vegas today. (The Ability Experience)

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LAS VEGAS --- When "frat boys" make the news, it isn't always in a good way. But this week, a team of cyclists from the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity is to stop in Las Vegas as part of a cross-country trek to raise money for people with disabilities. Dozens of riders with the Journey of Hope started slig

A new report ranks Nevada counties on health; Douglas County ranks first, Mineral County last, and Clark County ranks sixth. (DMarshall/iStockphotos)

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LAS VEGAS - When it comes to length and quality of life, Douglas County is first, Mineral County is last and Clark County is sixth out of 17 counties according to a study published Wednesday. The seventh annual report, called County Health, Rankings and Roadmaps, is a collaboration between the Un

About 88,000 Nevadans signed up for health insurance through Nevada Health Link during the last open enrollment period. (Arizona PIRG)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. - The numbers are in and 88,000 Nevadans enrolled or re-enrolled in health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, known as Nevada Health Link, in the past three months. Health care advocates say they're very pleased with the progress made during the third annual open

Nevada's CARE Act, which took effect Jan. 1, requires hospitals to ask patients to designate a caregiver to help after discharge. (Renown Skilled Nursing)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. - The federal government says one in five elderly patients is back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving, so Nevada health advocates are banking on a new law, the CARE Act, to make a dent in the problem. A 2013 report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Medicare spend

The open enrollment period for health insurance coverage in 2016 through NevadaHealthLink.com ends Sunday, Jan. 31. (wavebreak/iStockphoto)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. - Time is short for Nevadans to sign up for subsidized health insurance through the state marketplace; the deadline is just six days away. The annual three-month open enrollment period to be covered for this year ends on Sunday. So, Nevada Health Link is launching a big push to get

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