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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."


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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 - WA: Civic Engagement

Approval voting allows voters to choose all the candidates they support, rather than just one. (3desc/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- An effort in Washington's largest city aimed at making elections better reflect the will of voters is getting some new funding. The Center for Election Science is making a $70,000 grant to Seattle Approves, and four other groups around the country. Seattle Approves wants to change the c

Gov. Jay Inslee was sworn in for his third term Wednesday. (Office of Gov. Jay Inslee)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Jay Inslee was sworn in for his third term as Washington state governor and delivered his State of the State address Wednesday. Inslee focused on the COVID-19 crisis and laid out a vision for an equitable recovery from the pandemic. Misha Werschkul, executive director of the Wash

The Washington Environmental Health Disparity Map identifies communities highly impacted by environmental justice issues. (Washington State Department of Health)

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SEATTLE -- A new report lays out how Washington state's government can ensure environmental justice for people of all races. The Environmental Justice Task Force, convened last year, came up with 26 policy recommendations through community conversations. It includes the formation of an interagency

President-elect Joe Biden leads by about 45,000 votes in Pennsylvania, one of several states where the Trump campaign is challenging election results in court. (steheap/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- The Trump campaign is challenging the results of the election in court, but so far is coming up short in proving allegations of voter fraud. President Donald Trump has lawsuits in a handful of states. In Pennsylvania, his campaign won a small victory in state court, ruling that official

Online misinformation is expected to be rampant as election results trickle in likely at a slower pace than previous elections. (shintartanya/Adobe Stock)

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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Americans are preparing for a prolonged period of uncertainty after the polls close today. Experts expect it could take days or weeks to determine who has won the presidential race, as well as many other races down the ballot. Michael Caulfield, director of blended and networke

Election Day is less than a week away, but it could take longer for results to come in. (Joaquin Corbalan/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- A Washington state union is preparing for possible outcomes -- and a lack of results -- on election night. Karen Strickland, president of the American Federation of Teachers of Washington, said the nation most likely won't know who has won the presidential contest on Tuesday, opening up

More than 200 federal judges have been appointed since President Trump took office.(Mariakray/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- A lot of focus is on the likely confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court today. But federal judicial appointments to lower courts could be just as crucial to the legacy of the Trump presidency. Larry Shannon, government affairs director at the Washington State Associa

The Washington State Investment Board says investing long-term care funds in private equity could bring in a 7% to 8% return. (indysystem/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- Washington voters soon will decide on a measure that could stretch funds for long-term care. Senate Joint Resolution 8212 would allow a portion of funds from the Long-Term Care Trust Act to be invested in stocks and bonds for higher returns. The resolution to put the measure to voters go

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