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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.

Archive: March 10, 2016

With more than three million visits in 2015, food shelf operators say more funding is needed to keep pace with demand. (iStockphoto)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Many economists agree the U.S. is successfully bouncing back from the Great Recession, but the high number of food shelf visits tells a different story for some Minnesotans. Last year, food shelves across the state saw more than 3 million visits from people who are struggling to ...Read More

Wisconsin relies on the Great Lakes for recreation, tourism, drinking water and jobs. A diverse group of leaders wants all the presidential candidates to commit to restoring and protecting the Great Lakes. (epa.gov)

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MADISON, Wis. - A diverse group of business and conservation leaders is urging all the presidential candidates to commit to restoring and protecting the Great Lakes, a resource that provides drinking water to more than 40 million people and jobs for millions more. Jordan Lubetkin is spokesman for ...Read More

Youth First Initiative released a new poll showing about 77 percent of Americans favor changing the focus of the juvenile justice system from incarceration to rehabilitation.  (iStockphoto)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - A juvenile justice reform group wants 80 of the country's oldest and largest youth prisons closed down, including one in North Dakota. The North Dakota Youth Correctional Center in Mandan is home to more than 100 young offenders. But the Youth First Initiative says such facilit ...Read More

Social Security provides benefits to one in five Ohioans. (401kcalculator.org/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The presidential election campaign is moving through Ohio, where the state's winner-take-all primary will be held on Tuesday. Some folks say the candidates need to bring the future of Social Security into the spotlight. AARP's Take a Stand effort is demanding that, on behalf of all ...Read More

About 382,000 Michigan kids eat school breakfast each day. (USDA)

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LANSING, Mich. - Schools around Michigan are celebrating the most important meal of the day during National School Breakfast Week. The School Breakfast Program provides low-cost or free breakfast to eligible low-income school-age children, but data from the Food Resource and Action Center shows tha ...Read More

The lack of contraception in refugee settlements threatens the health of pregnant women and girls and the well-being of their families. (Karam Foundation)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - More than 5 million Syrians have fled war and poverty in their country. More than half of them are women and girls, many of whom are of child-bearing age and don't have access to contraceptives. According to the Women's Refugee Commission, one in five women and girls will be pregna ...Read More

As of July 2015, Washington State Police estimated the state had 6,000 untested rape kits. (Brylie Oxley/Wikimedia Commons)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Lawmakers in Olympia made history last week when they passed a bill that would set up a system for tracking sexual assault kits. However, the bill doesn't yet have budgetary legs to stand on. House Bill 2530 passed with one week left in the legislative session, leaving it in the ...Read More

Planned Parenthood of Utah told a panel of judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Gov. Gary Herbert illegally cut the group's funding.

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SALT LAKE CITY - Planned Parenthood of Utah is asking a federal appeals court to force Gov. Gary Herbert to stop cutting off funds to the organization. Herbert issued an order in 2015 withholding $272,000 from the group despite an investigation in Texas that cleared Planned Parenthood of illegally ...Read More

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