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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.

Public News Service - NY: Housing/Homelessness

This year, more than one in five New York soup kitchens and food pantries say they've had to turn people away, reduce amounts per person or limit hours. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- A new poll shows low-income Americans overwhelmingly support government programs that could end poverty and hunger. Pollsters spoke with more than 800 adults earning less than $50,000 dollars a year, and found those living near or below the poverty line face multiple barriers to getting

Housing advocates say the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare a long-standing crisis in housing affordability. (Suzanne/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Housing justice advocates fear that without action from Albany, New Yorkers who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic could be at risk of losing their homes. Businesses may be shuttered and streets practically deserted during the shutdown, but the bills keep coming in and t

Workers are calling for an investigation of security contractors' compliance with New York City's Paid Safe and Sick Leave law. (Urupong/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Security officers at crowded, privately run homeless shelters in New York City say they've been forced to choose between their paychecks and their health. Seven officers working in several different shelters have filed formal complaints with the city Department of Consumer and Worker Pr

The lack of privacy during stay-at-home orders can make accessing domestic violence services more difficult for the people who need them. (sdecoret/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- While stay-at-home measures appear to be slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, they are also leading to an increase in domestic violence. It's a worldwide phenomenon. Where social distancing keeps people in their homes, reports of domestic violence have surged. In New York City,

The Respect and Dignity for All platform includes 17 policy priorities for immigrants and working-class people of color in New York. (Dubo/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Hundreds of immigrants and people of color are in Albany today calling on legislators to act on a list of priorities they call the Respect and Dignity for All platform. They traveled from New York City, Long Island and Westchester for a morning rally and day of lobbying in the state ca

More than 700,000 children in New York State live in areas of concentrated poverty. (Distinctive Images/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY N.Y. – A new report says the percentage of children living in areas of concentrated poverty has dropped in 29 states, but here in New York the numbers remain unchanged. The report, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, says in 2017, 12% of children nationally lived in areas where 30% of

Between the 2010-11 and 2016-17 school years, the number of homeless New York City school children increased 56%. (vectorfusionart/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK – Rising numbers of New York City school children experience homelessness every year, and that can have a serious impact on their entire educational career. Since 2010, more than 220,000 children in the city have been homeless while enrolled in school – more than half while in

In New York, 80 percent of kids in foster care earn a high school diploma or GED by age 21. (pxhere)

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is doing relatively well in helping young people in foster care transition to adult life, but there's room for improvement. A new 50-state report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed, nationally, young people leaving the foster care system lag behind their peers

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