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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - PA: Housing/Homelessness

COVID-driven unemployment has left millions of tenants nationwide thousands of dollars behind in rent. (CLShebley/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - As an estimated 230,000 Pennsylvania families face possible eviction, civil-rights advocates say President Joe Biden's executive order extending the moratorium on evictions is a good start - but Congress could do more to protect tenants who have fallen behind on rent because of the

Nationwide one-third of adults with children are likely to have to leave their homes due to eviction or foreclosure. (Thomas/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A new report shows the COVID pandemic is having a big impact on the health and well-being of children and families in Pennsylvania and nationwide. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids, Families and COVID-19 report draws on data collected since April by the U.S. Census Bureau's Hou

Pennsylvania's Democratic lawmakers say a

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HARRISBURG, Penn. -- As Pennsylvania reopens in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some state lawmakers are calling for action to ensure the economic recovery doesn't leave anyone behind. The pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption to the economy and threatened the welfare of everyone in t

Even with schools closed, the law says all students should have access to the educational services they need. (GAYSORN/Adobe Stock)

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PHILADELPHIA - A new series of fliers is available to help inform parents and children about their rights to educational services while schools are closed by the COVID-19 pandemic. School buildings may be closed, but all children in Pennsylvania still are entitled to a quality public education. Th

Without surrogate parents, a young person who is unaccompanied and homeless cannot enforce their right to educational services. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

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PHILADELPHIA – Students with disabilities who are homeless in Pennsylvania have won an important victory. Following an investigation into the plights of two students in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has been ordered to issue specific guidance to all school districts

About 33 percent of Pennsylvania's foster-care population is age 14 or older. (pxhere)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania could do more to prepare young people in foster care for adulthood - but Allegheny County is making real progress. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed that young people transitioning out of foster care lag behind their peers in several key areas. Ma

More than a million commuters ride SEPTA trains and buses daily. (Buswizard [Public domain]/Wikimedia Commons)

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PHILADELPHIA – Banning ads about controversial issues is a violation of free-speech rights – that's the claim of a lawsuit filed against the nation's sixth-largest public transit system. The Center for Investigative Reporting has compiled data showing racial disparities in home mortgag

The Weatherization Assistance Program saves households an average of $283 per year. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With cold weather on the way, programs that help low-income Pennsylvanians keep warm are still in jeopardy in Washington. The federal Department of Health and Human Services has begun distributing funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2018 fiscal year.

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