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PNS Daily Newscast - March 8, 2021 


Nationwide protests in advance of trial of former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd; judicial districts amendment faces bipartisan skepticism in PA.


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After a whirlwind voting session the Senate approves $1.9 Trillion COVID relief bill, President Biden signs an executive order to expand voting access and the president plans a news conference this month.

Archive: August 7, 2017

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 ...Read More

Doctors say medical school graduates don't currently have enough options for community-based training in Michigan. (clarita/morguefile)

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – They see patients from birth to death, and some family physicians say getting more medical students to choose the primary care field could play a big part in creating a healthier Michigan. Michigan has long been a leader in medical education, but many graduates either lea ...Read More

Carbon dioxide strips nutrients out of wheat, rice, peas and other crops. (usda.gov)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A report that looks in depth at how climate change is robbing crops of nutrition says there will be more hungry people and more suffering due to vitamin deficiencies. Samuel Myers, an environmental health researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health, conducted a study in 20 ...Read More

A tiny bug newly introduced to Florida from Asia attacks citrus trees and some ornamental plants. (Department of Agriculture)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A tiny insect is placing Florida citrus in jeopardy, but residents can help. Citrus trees in the Sunshine State are under attack from the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a tiny mottled brown insect about the size of an aphid that feeds on the new leafs of citrus trees and som ...Read More

The union representing city workers in the state is asking municipalities to implement more extensive heat-mitigation policies. (Daniel R. Blume/flickr)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hot summer temperatures are weighing heavily on people who make a living outdoors throughout the state. It's prompting the union representing city employees in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Winston-Salem, Greenville, Chapel Hill and others to demand workplace ...Read More

A higher percentage of people living with a disability live in Tennessee's rural areas, indicating the need for more transit options, according to an analysis by ThinkTennessee. (Steve Johnson, flickr)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee skews older than the nation overall, and overall, the state's disability rates are higher in rural communities, according to Census data analyzed by the nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. Shanna Hughey, the group’s president, says she hopes ThinkTenness ...Read More

More than 80 percent of Americans aren't getting the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity each week. (MilitaryHealth/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakotans are sitting on a largely untapped resource for better heart health – their workplace habits. More than 80 percent of Americans don't get the 150 minutes of physical activity they need each week to maintain a healthy heart, a number recommended by the Ame ...Read More

The Minnesota State Fair hires about 3,000 people for 12 days every year, and vendors need additional workers. (Minnesota State Fair)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – An estimated 5,500 jobs will be created for the 12-day Minnesota State Fair, which starts Aug. 24. The state unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, so analysts say job seekers have plenty of low-paying jobs to choose from. State Fair jobs pay minimum wage, or a little higher & ...Read More

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