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PNS Daily Newscast - January 28, 2021 


President Biden's ban on private prisons does not extend to immigrant detention centers; GameStop sends markets for a loop.


2021Talks - January 28, 2021 


Some Senate Democrats consider alternatives to Trump impeachment trial. President Biden signed executive orders Wednesday combating climate change, and sets modern record of EOs during his first week in office.

Archive: January 27, 2016

Wisconsin is third in the nation in student loan debt, and an advocate says Gov. Scott Walker's ideas on relieving the burden don't go far enough. (mj0007/iStockPhoto.com)

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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin ranks third in the nation in student loan debt, and Gov. Scott Walker has been talking about some ideas he says will help deal with the growing debt. But the student loan debt program coordinator at One Wisconsin Now, Analiese Eicher, says the governor's ideas, like more ...Read More

Residential applications for solar panels in Oregon nearly doubled last year. (Oregon Department of Transportation)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The job's report remains "sunny" for Oregon's solar energy sector. According to the National Solar Jobs Census of 2015, produced by the Solar Foundation, the industry added workers 12-times faster than the jobs growth rate for the whole U.S. economy last year. The Energy Trust of ...Read More

The Solar Industry is watching a bill being considered by the Washington House that would extend tax incentives. (Jason Williams/Artisan Electric Inc.)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - A tax incentives program the solar industry considers crucial is up for renewal in Olympia; it's expected to be in front of the House Committee on Technology and Economic Development this week. The incentives started 10 years ago, and Patrick Nugent, administrative coordinator for ...Read More

Illinois community activists want public funding restored for education and after school programs. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Ahead of Gov. Bruce Rauner's second State of the State Address today, community activists are calling attention to how the Illinois budget impasse is affecting their lives. Illinois is about to enter its eighth month without a budget, which has led to severe cutbacks for many st ...Read More

108 wildlife species, a quarter of them birds, are considered rare, threatened or endangered in Maryland and have been added to the action plan. (Badger Rose)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Climate change, residential and commercial development, and pollution are listed as threats to wildlife in Maryland in a new 10-year action plan being released next month. For the first time, the report lists hydraulic fracturing as a threat to wildlife. State regulators are comin ...Read More

Protesters in Oregon who took over federally owned buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon to demand local control of public lands were arrested in a traffic stop on Tuesday. (U.S. Geological Survey/Wikimedia Commons)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - One person is dead and the leader of the group occupying federal property in Oregon, Ammon Bundy, is under arrest, along with several fellow protesters. The FBI and local law enforcement agencies stopped the group Tuesday outside of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Sportsmen ...Read More

There is a bi-partisan bill expected to be introduced to the full U.S. Senate that would offer improvements to school lunches and breakfasts. (anitapeppers/morguefile.com)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Washington is closed for business this week as the nation's capital digs out from a record-setting snowstorm. But before lawmakers got snowed in, members of the U.S. Senate released a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize child nutrition programs, including the national school lu ...Read More

An Ohio Supreme Court case could affect the state's ability to prosecute cases based on testing its backlog of thousands of rape kits. (Analogue Kid/Wikimedia)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio Supreme Court case could affect the state's initiative to clear the backlog of untested rape kits. The state is appealing a decision by the Eighth District Court of Appeals in the case of Demetrius Jones. The appeals court had dismissed his rape and kidnapping charges beca ...Read More

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