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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: November 22, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide if it will take up a case involving Boise's rules for ticketing people who are homeless. (Srdjan/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho – Boise Mayor Dave Bieter holds a community forum on homelessness today, but an attorney with a history of challenging the mayor on this issue is skeptical about what it will accomplish. Bieter says addressing homelessness is central to his campaign. But a decade ago, Idaho Lega ...Read More

Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno acknowledges that the rising cost of living is tough for older residents, and says he'll support a property-tax break for those who volunteer for the city.<br />(mass_osd/Flickr)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The city council of Springfield, Massachusetts, passed a bill this week that offers a unique tax break – if senior citizens volunteer for the city, they can get up to $1,000 off their property taxes. It's a popular program that has now been adopted by close to 20 c ...Read More

A map of which communities will be asked to answer the census online (in purple), and those that can fill it out online or via paper mail (in green). (U.S. Census Bureau)

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AUGUSTA, Maine – The 2020 Census Committee in Maine met for the first time on Thursday to strategize how to reach Mainers in a new, online format – and in a state that's quite rural. While most folks in 'down-east' Maine will need to fill out the census forms online, much of the state ...Read More

About 2,000 children are adopted in Michigan each year. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. – November is National Adoption Month, and courts around Michigan are celebrating people who open their hearts and homes to children in need of a "forever family." Ceremonies finalizing adoptions are being held throughout the month in more than 30 courts in the state to build ...Read More

Water stress in New Mexico is on par with the United Arab Emirates, the 10th most water-stressed country in the world, according to the World Resources Institute. (worldresourcesinstitute.org)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Pressures on water availability are higher in New Mexico than any other state, according to the World Resources Institute. Nonetheless, a new study shows more than 95% of the state's oil and gas leases offered by the Trump administration are in water-stressed areas. The C ...Read More

More than 150 Arizonans attended the dedication of AARP Arizona’s new fitness park at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in north Phoenix. (AARP Arizona)

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – AARP is just one organization that wants Arizonans to be fit and healthy, and the group dedicated an outdoor fitness park in north Phoenix this week to help. In conjunction with the nonprofit group "FitLot," AARP Arizona sponsored construction of the park, which contains exe ...Read More

Hundreds of thousands of children end up in hospital emergency rooms every year with toy-related injuries. (Jovan Nikolic/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Choking hazards, loud sounds and hidden toxins are some of the dangers still lurking on toy shelves, according to a new report. The New York Public Interest Research Group's 34th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report says toys have become safer in the past three decades, but some ...Read More

How far have women come in the quest for equality? Calls for an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution were first made by the National Women's Party in 1923. (Pixabay)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The gender pay gap in Florida shows women earn 85 cents for every dollar a man makes, and today, several women's groups are joining forces to help change Florida law – and even the U.S. Constitution. Florida was a battleground state in attempts to ratify the Constitu ...Read More

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