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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 - PA: Civic Engagement

Opponents of House Bill 38 say it would threaten judicial independence and turn Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices into politicians. (mandritoiu/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Judicial-independence organizations are celebrating a temporary victory now that a proposed amendment to the state constitution will not be on the ballot in the May primary. House Bill 38 would create judicial districts drawn by state legislators and impose a residency requiremen

Republicans contesting one county's counting of some ballots had refused to seat Jim Brewster in the Pennsylvania state Senate. (kmlPhoto/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Jim Brewster will be sworn in as a state senator today, ending a dispute over counting ballots in Allegheny County. The U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania ruled on Tuesday that disputed votes in the state's 45th senatorial district should be counted. Republicans lost cha

The Biden administration could take action to address rampant and increasing violence against transgender people. (ink drop/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - An independent think tank has released a list of ten actions it says the incoming Biden administration could take to support equal rights and protections for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. From the ban on transgender people serving in the military to admini

Courts have ruled mail-in Pennsylvania ballots postmarked by Election Day can be counted if they arrive by Friday, Nov. 6. (Lakshmiprasad/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A new report suggests the record number of mail-in ballots for this election will take more time to count and may shift election results as they are tallied. More than three million Pennsylvanians requested mail-in ballots for today's election, and by Monday almost 2.5 million ha

Older voters support candidates who favor increasing protections for nursing-home residents during the pandemic. (Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Recent polling shows Social Security and Medicare are top issues for older voters of both parties in Pennsylvania, and their votes could decide the election. The poll, conducted by AARP, shows 88% of older voters are more likely to support candidates who promise to protect Social

Mail-in ballots postmarked on or before Election Day will be counted in Pennsylvania if they are received by Fri., Nov. 6. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling means mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day will still be counted, even if they arrive up to three days after the polls close in Pennsylvania. When the state Supreme Court ruled that, because of the COVID pandemic, extending the time for ballots t

The Pennsylvania state Supreme Court ruled that only mail-in ballots that use the secrecy envelope will be counted. (Art of Success/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Thousands of Pennsylvania votes could be thrown out in November under a strict new rule for mail-in ballots. Last month, the state Supreme Court handed down rulings that were seen as largely a win for Democrats. They extended the deadline for absentee ballots, allowed more ballot

The New Moral Majority is calling on Americans to vote with candidates' views on compassion and inclusion in mind. (sticker2you/Adobe Stock)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Faith leaders from Pennsylvania and around the country are raising their voices to support candidates in this year's election who believe in the values of love, justice and inclusion. They call themselves the New Moral Majority, and come from churches of many denominations and from

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