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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 - VA: Civic Engagement

Susan Bro started the Heather Heyer Foundation to fight for social justice in honor of her daughter, who died during a 2017 protest against white supremacists. (Ben Rekhi)

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- With former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial demonstrating deep divisions in the nation, a new documentary released today presents a powerful look at four Americans attempting to bridge political and racial divides. Susan Bro, president of the Heather Heyer Foundat

Nearly 75% of domestic workers did not receive any compensation when their jobs were canceled during the pandemic, according to research. (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. - As the pandemic reinforces the value of caregivers, groups in Virginia are urging state lawmakers to pass a trio of bills they're calling the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights that would help more than 60,000 nannies, cleaners and home-care workers gain worker protections. Ingrid Vac

Officials are expecting violence today when pro-Trump protesters rally at the U.S. Capitol as Congress meets to certify the 2020 election results. (Wikimedia Commons)

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WASHINGTON - Pro-Trump protesters have converged on Capitol Hill today as Congress gets set to certify states' electoral votes. The mostly ceremonial process will take longer than in past years, as some lawmakers challenge the results. President Donald Trump has encouraged the demonstrations, claim

If Congress passes it, a new bipartisan stimulus bill would provide $13 billion for Americans needing emergency food assistance during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- One GOP senator called it a "Christmas miracle," as a bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a $908 billion, two-part stimulus plan. At first look, one Virginia organization says it would still pose challenges for folks hit hard by the pandemic. Kim Bobo, executive director at

The General Services Administration is being urged to cooperate with a peaceful transition of presidential power. (Adobe stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- As President Donald Trump continues to fight election results with legal challenges, concerns are rising that his administration isn't fully cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden's team for a peaceful transition of power. The head of the General Services Administration, which

Virginia's ballot this election includes a constitutional amendment for a bipartisan redistricting commission. (C. Thomas/Public News Service)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginians planning Election Night parties might see some results this evening. Almost 2 million absentee ballots have been cast in the Commonwealth, and officials say new rules for processing those ballots mean voters might hear outcomes sooner than in other states. Absentee voti

Mail-in ballot drop boxes in Fairfax County, Va., are being monitored by security cameras to ensure safe voting. (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- With the November 3 election just three weeks away, tomorrow is the last day Virginians can register to vote for president, one U.S senator and 11 U.S. House seats. To help with voting during the pandemic, Virginia lawmakers have passed several measures to make the mail-in process

Missing the deadline is the most common reason absentee ballots are rejected nationwide. (Adobe Stock/Alcorn Imagery)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia lawmakers have passed new measures to make voting by absentee ballot easier. Just last Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill on absentee voting. It adds secure drop boxes, removes the requirement for a witness signature and funds prepaid postage for mail-in ballots.

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