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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 - WI: Housing/Homelessness

In Wisconsin, studies show that racial gaps in education and employment are especially concerning. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Demands for systemic change in the U.S. grow louder by the day following the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man in Minneapolis. Activists say white populations need to listen, but also take action in their own lives. Those demanding change say in sta

A new report says housing instability has multiple effects on health, even leading to mental health conditions and behavioral problems in children. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- A new report from a Wisconsin research group connects the dots between a person's housing situation and his or her overall health. The findings from the Community Advocates' Public Policy Institute recommend that policymakers take certain steps to ensure that people aren't either t

A report from the National Association of Realtors says Wisconsin has one of the lowest rates in the nation when it comes to black home ownership. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Like many other northern states, Wisconsin has an low rate of home ownership among its black residents, according to the latest findings from the National Association of Realtors. The NAR puts Wisconsin at third-lowest in the country with a rate of only 23%. Ruben Anthony, presi

A new report says Wisconsin continues to see caregiver vacancies, even with the state's older population projected to increase 112% in the next 20 years. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Advocates for Wisconsin seniors and people with disabilities say those who live in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities may be at higher safety risk after a new report confirms caregiver shortages across the state. A handful of provider associations have issued survey resul

A new report suggests under-employment keeps thousands of Wisconsinites living below the poverty line. (Pixabay)

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MADISON, Wis. — A new report shows the poverty rate in Wisconsin was at 11.3 percent in 2017, which is down slightly from the previous year and below the national average. But many Wisconsinites still live near or below the federal poverty line and struggle with necessities such as food, housi

A bill creating the Interagency Council on Homelessness passed the Wisconsin Legislature last session. (D.C.Atty/Flickr)

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's new Interagency Council on Homelessness takes another step toward getting started today, when its first-ever director takes the reins. Michael Luckey had been a policy advisor for Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke of Kaukauna, and helped guide a number of bill

A national survey says 14 percent of American households that rely on food banks include a veteran. In Wisconsin, it's 19 percent. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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MADISON, Wis. – The most recent Census Bureau estimates for Wisconsin say of more than 6,000 homeless people, at least 500 are veterans. Often, returning veterans face big challenges in acclimating to civilian life, and finding jobs and places to live. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress

Increasingly, apartment hunters are looking for a building that provides a smoke-free environment, and are willing to pay more to not deal with secondhand smoke. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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BROOKFIELD, Wis. – According to the American Lung Association, more than 80 percent of Wisconsinites have a no-smoking policy inside their homes, and increasingly, renters are demanding smoke-free buildings. Next week marks the 7th anniversary of Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Air Law, which was aim

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