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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: Civic Engagement

Political-reform advocates say the filibuster allows senators representing as few as 13% of Americans to stop most legislation from going forward. (Chhobi/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK - Although Democrats now have a razor-thin majority in the U.S. Senate, political-reform advocates say to pass progressive legislation they first will have to eliminate the filibuster. By requiring a 60-vote majority to bring most legislation to a vote in the Senate, the filibuster rule a

Organizers are prepared to hold

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NEW YORK -- Election-protection advocates around the country are planning rallies and protests if they see any attempt to interfere with a full count of ballots cast in the election. They're calling it Protect the Results, a grassroots demand that the will of the voters - as reflected in the electi

Accessible ballots and ballot-marking devices allow people living with disabilities to cast their votes with privacy. (Dob's Farm/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK - People living with disabilities have often faced physical obstacles to casting their votes, but their advocates say voting by mail can present a different set of challenges. In every election, people with disabilities have encountered polling places that lack wheelchair ramps or other a

Socially distanced and virtual vigils are taking place at nursing homes across New York state. (NY Caring Majority)

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NEW YORK -- Seniors, community, faith and labor leaders joined in vigils at nursing homes over the Memorial Day weekend to demand more protections for workers and residents. So far in the pandemic, New York nursing homes have seen more than 5,800 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. People in th

Online voting systems allow people with disabilities to vote independently and privately. (Dob's Farm/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- A federal lawsuit claims many people with disabilities are being excluded from New York state's expanded absentee ballot program. To help keep voters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, New York is allowing anyone to apply for an absentee ballot that can be mailed in rather than going to

The Ryan Larkin New York-Presbyterian Field Hospital can treat more than 216 patients. (Frederick Wellman)

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NEW YORK -- Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued executive orders allowing people with varying degrees of training to help treat COVID-19 patients, veterans have been putting their skills to work on the front lines of the pandemic. When Fred Wellman, founder of a veteran-owned public relations firm in R

Earth Day 50 will focus on the importance of continuing investment in the health of the planet. (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. And to mark the occasion, environmentalists are having a virtual gathering, urging the state of New York to continue its commitment to healing the planet. The COVID-19 pandemic will have a huge impact on the New York state budget. But env

Effective next Thursday, most SUNY and CUNY classes will take place online. (olezzo/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Faculty at SUNY campuses are moving quickly to make the transition to distance learning as classrooms close down in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that City and State University of New York campuses will switch to onlin

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