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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.

Archive: January 2, 2019

About 235,000 Minnesotans live more than 10 miles from a large grocery store. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — A program designed to give access to healthy, affordable food to Minnesotans will run out of funding without reinvestment from the Legislature this year. Health groups are urging lawmakers to renew it. Distance and income are a barrier to food for more than 340,000 Minnesot ...Read More

New Mexico has until April to ensure the state's schools receive adequate resources to meet the needs of at-risk students, based on a court order handed down last year. (lanlfoundation.org)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico state lawmakers say their number-one priority in the upcoming legislative session is to improve the state's public education system - a pledge they'll need to keep based on a court order. In July 2018, a state district judge ruled that New Mexico was violating ...Read More

More than 40 members of Congress have joined young people calling for a Select Committee for the Green New Deal. (Linh Do/Flickr)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Sunrise Movement, a youth movement calling for action on climate change, is set to make big moves in 2019. At the end of 2018, more than 1,000 young people, including 75 from Kentucky, gathered in the halls of Congress to call for support of the Green New Deal - legislat ...Read More

The Boise Bicycle Project continues to provide Treasure Valley kids with bikes after its annual giveaway in December. (Boise Bicycle Project)

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BOISE, Idaho — For the Boise Bicycle Project, strong communities are pedal-powered. The group is coming off its annual "holiday kids bike giveaway," setting a personal record this year by giving away more than 550 bikes to Idahoans in the Treasure Valley. But the project doesn't end there. B ...Read More

A proposal to end single-family zoning could allow for denser housing in Oregon cities. (jonryanjohnson/Twenty20)

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PORTLAND, Ore. — In an effort to tackle the affordable housing crisis, Oregon could end single-family zoning this legislative session. Oregon would be the first state to do so if lawmakers who support the idea succeed. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is drafting legislation that requires cit ...Read More

Colorado's western yellow-billed cuckoo is considered to be at greater risk of extinction because the U.S. Interior Department has not yet designated critical habitat protections. (NPS)

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DENVER — The Trump administration is expected to finalize new rules that critics argue would weaken the Endangered Species Act. According to Hailey Hawkins, Southern Rockies field representative of the Endangered Species Coalition, under current law, species listed as threatened automaticall ...Read More

An increased capital-gains tax plays a crucial part in Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed budget for the new legislative session. (Jon Stahl/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state's long legislative session is around the corner, and budget concerns will be at the forefront. Misha Werschkul, executive director of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center, said she expects movement on fiscal policies she sees as key to working-class ...Read More

Maine's North Woods, the largest undeveloped forest in the Eastern U.S., could be affected by proposed changes to a state zoning law. (ThomasRobertKelley/Wikimedia Commons)

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BREWER, Maine — Proposed zoning law changes could dramatically impact rural areas of Maine, including the state's vast forestland. A public hearing on Jan. 8 in Brewer will explore whether to change the "adjacency principle," which limits where new zones for subdivisions or businesses can be l ...Read More

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