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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Archive: January 27, 2020

Out of 44 tap water samples from 33 states, only one had no detectable PFAS contamination. (Igor/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- As the Trump administration rolls back vital clean water protections, new lab tests have found toxic fluorinated chemicals in almost every water sample from 44 locations in 31 states and the District of Columbia. PFAS, used in the hundreds of everyday products, are called "forever ...Read More

When a supply chain gets disrupted by severe weather, it can negatively impact auto plant profitability. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is the "birthplace of aviation," but it's also home to many other key industries. And a new report says climate change is affecting the viability of auto suppliers, farms, manufacturers and other businesses in the state. President of the Business Forward Foundation Jim Doyle ...Read More

Solitary confinement can have detrimental effects on the developing brains of young people, studies have found. (karenfoleyphoto/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A bill to end solitary confinement for young people in Washington state jails and detention facilities is making its way through the State Legislature. The practice has come under increased scrutiny across the country, including from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent P ...Read More

Protesters line up on Friday outside an immigrant holding station in Ferndale, Wash., where they believe a man brutally handled by ICE was being held. (Community to Community Development)

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EVERSON, Wash. -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are being accused of brutally taking a Washington man into custody. A farmworker, who only wants to be identified by his first name, Madardo, was in the car with his wife and children when ICE pulled him over in Everson. According to his ...Read More

The U.S. Constitution requires a full count of all people living in the nation, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, every ten years. (USAF)

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DENVER -- People of color make up more than 30% of Colorado's population, and civic leaders are working to ensure all residents are counted in the upcoming census - a once-a-decade survey that determines how the state is represented in Congress, and whether $13 billion in federal tax dollars a year ...Read More

The ACA reduced the disparity in health insurance coverage between African Americans and white adults by 4.1%. (rocketclips/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Affordable Care Act has reduced racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care, but that progress has stalled, according to a new report. From 2013 to 2018 the uninsured rate for African Americans dropped by 10 percentage points to 14.4%, and the rate for Hispanic ad ...Read More

A bill to allow guns on Idaho public school campuses through enhanced concealed-carry permits was defeated in the 2019 session. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho moms are in Boise today to speak with lawmakers about gun safety. They want legislators to oppose measures that would allow anyone with an enhanced concealed permit to carry guns at Idaho public schools. Enhanced permits require more training to obtain than standard permits. ...Read More

Virginia educators are back again in Richmond today for a second annual rally for more school funding. (VEA)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Thousands of teachers across Virginia are fighting for more spending on education at a rally today in Richmond. Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed a budget that would slightly increase K-12 spending. But after giving teachers a 5% salary increase last year, the new budget gives them ...Read More

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