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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: November 18, 2020

Primary medical director Pam Miner is among the doctors making house calls in Oregon. (Andie Petkus/Housecall Providers)
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- This year marks the 25th anniversary of a unique program that provides in-home care for some of Oregon's most vulnerable residents. Housecall Providers has expanded to three programs since it began in 1995. At any given time, its primary-care arm serves 1,500 to 1,600 patients. It ...Read More

The Klamath River was once the third-largest salmon producing river on the West Coast. (Matt Baun/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Oregon and California are stepping in to save a project to remove dams from the Klamath River. The states are applying to co-license removal alongside tribes, the Klamath River Renewal Corp. and dam owner PacifiCorp. In July, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decided P ...Read More

Resilient landscapes in Michigan appear as bright green on a new mapping tool. (The Nature Conservancy)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Because animals in Michigan need safe places to go when temperatures surge or flood waters rise, experts have mapped out these climate-resilient landscapes throughout the United States. A team of 150 scientists spent the past decade analyzing geology and topography, and compiling ...Read More

In addition to Johnson County, Iowa's Linn County also offered the option for people to vote from their cars in 2020. (Adobe Stock)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 2020 election saw many voters cast their ballots in ways much different than they're used to. The pandemic resulted in a surge in absentee voting by mail, but drive-through voting also surfaced -- and one Iowa official believes it has staying power. Johnson County Auditor Tra ...Read More

Ohio's emergency food network has been working overtime to help struggling families. (Ohio Association of Foodbanks)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The latest estimates on the prevalence of hunger in Ohio are strengthening the case for a new COVID relief bill in Congress. The nonprofit group Feeding America has projected overall food insecurity in Ohio for 2020 tops 18%. Joree Novotny, director of external affairs for the Ohi ...Read More

Advocates for Minnesota immigrants say in addition to a case backlog, the COVID-19 response could delay efforts to restoring refugee admissions under President-elect Joe Biden. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to bring back America's welcoming approach toward immigrants and refugees. One Minnesota group says that's restored hope in getting more people resettled, but cautions that patience is needed. The cap on refugee admissions declined every year dur ...Read More

The American Heart Association is funding new programs for scientific research on diseases that disproportionately hit underrepresented communities. (Adobe Stock)

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FAIRFAX, Va. -- Spurred on by racial imbalances in COVID-19 deaths and a national reckoning on race, the American Heart Association has put out a call to action for health groups to tackle the structural racism that leads to major health disparities. According to the group, institutional discrimina ...Read More

Nevada is home to more than 12,000 DACA recipients, and more than 250,000 Nevadans live with at least one undocumented person. (Wikimedia Commons)

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LAS VEGAS -- More than 12,000 Nevadans are protected by DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and President-elect Joe Biden has promised on Day One he'll reverse the Trump administration's attempts to repeal it. A federal judge ruled last week that, because the nomination of int ...Read More

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