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PNS Daily Newscast - March 3, 2021 


New bilingual outreach for LGBTQ+ community hard-hit by the pandemic; Texas Gov. Abbott declares an end to the Lone Star State's mask mandate.


2021Talks - March 2nd, 2021 


President Biden meets with Mexican President Lopez Obrador; DHS Secretary Mayorkas says separated immigrant families may be able to stay in U.S.; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces legislation for a wealth tax.

Public News Service - UT: Civic Engagement

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., could be the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary if she is confirmed to lead the Department of the Interior. (Wikimedia Commons)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Biden administration's nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to head the U.S. Interior Department is seen as a momentous event for Utahns and others in the West. Haaland is a Democrat who represents New Mexico's 1st Congressional district. She's a citizen of the Laguna Pueb

Public health officials in Utah and elsewhere are discouraging large gatherings to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, to avoid the spread of COVID-19. (deagreez/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY - Public health officials continue to discourage large gatherings for this Thanksgiving, but it's hard to tell how big is too big. If you're planning to host or attend a holiday event, how do you evaluate the risk of acquiring or spreading COVID-19? Scientists at Georgia Tech Univ

County elections officials across Utah must wait to begin counting mail-in ballots until Election Day, but the final vote tally may not be available for a week or two. (Alcorn Imagery/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY - While they expect voting to go smoothly on Tuesday, Utah elections officials don't expect to see complete results on Election Night - and they're tempering public expectations. Utah has a long history of mail-in ballots, but with a record number of people eligible to vote this yea

When the Utah Legislature meets this week, the State Capitol will be mostly empty, as lawmakers in the House and Senate participate in the special session remotely, online. (Oksana/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah lawmakers open their special session this week, but there's a wrinkle: All their meetings will be in cyberspace. As they deal with issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Legislature will be one of the first U.S. public bodies to officially meet and consider legisl

A group of Kanab citizens believed a planned fracking sand mine in the sandstone hills near the town would destroy the local environment. (spiritofamerica/AdobeStock)

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KANAB, Utah -- A group of activists in the southern Utah town of Kanab have convinced a developer to abandon its plans to mine sand for oil and gas fracking operations. The group of ranchers, business owners, environmentalists and long-time residents fought a project by Southern Red Sands to mine

A bipartisan group of volunteers is gathering signatures across the state to put a referendum on the November ballot to negate a tax reform package approved by the Utah Legislature. (mokee81/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY - A grassroots group of Utah voters is under a tight deadline to put a referendum on the ballot to nullify a tax-reform package approved by state lawmakers. The Republican-controlled Utah Legislature passed a package of tax-code changes in a December special session - but a recent '

Congress has allocated $425 million to shore up election security ahead of the 2020 presidential election. (roibu/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Tucked inside the trillion-dollar budget approved by Congress last week is a measure allocating $425 million to states for election security. The line item will provide grant funds to all 50 states to protect against the types of interference caused by cyber-attacks during the 2016

The Dixie National Forest, which covers about 3,000 square miles in southwest Utah, is one of the largest of six national forests in the state. (U.S. Forest Service)

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CEDAR CITY, Utah – Conservation groups are challenging the Trump administration over proposed changes to U.S. Forest Service rules to allow approval of major projects such as mining and logging on public lands without public input. The groups object to the use of so-called "categorical exclus

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