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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."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


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: November 20, 2020

A college degree may boost a person's lifetime earnings significantly, but a new report confirms that skills such as teamwork and leadership can increase wages even more. (mnirat/Adobe Stock)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- High-earning careers take more than a degree, according to a new report. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has compiled a list of in-demand skills and abilities, and found that communication skills are the most valuable across all industries. The report ...Read More

The Rev. Greg Lewis, pictured, heads the group Souls to the Polls-Milwaukee. The organization says its focus is to unite ministers and congregations to strengthen the voting power of the Black community. (Souls to the Polls)

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A partial recount of Wisconsin votes in the presidential race begins today. It comes amid repeated election-fraud claims from President Donald Trump, despite those claims going unfounded. A Milwaukee voter-outreach group views the request as an attack on Black voters. Trump req ...Read More

A new report says most parents are under the assumption that a child can always voice a preference in a custody dispute. But 13 states don't require the court system to consider the child's opinion. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- More than a dozen states, including South Dakota, don't require a judge to factor in a child's preference when making custody decisions, according to a new analysis of these laws. The report was issued by CustodyXChange, which develops software for people managing custody issues. Th ...Read More

The budget for higher education in Oregon suffered during the last economic downturn and still hasn't recovered. (Bob/Adobe Stock)

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SALEM, Ore. -- State lawmakers should avoid making drastic cuts to higher education, a new report urges. The analysis from Lumina Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation acknowledged slashing funds are likely to be necessary because of the economic fallout from the pandemic. However, ...Read More

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, roughly 913,000 people visited the Gila and San Francisco Rivers annually, according to a new study. (swnmaudubon.org)

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SILVER CITY, N.M. -- The Gila and San Francisco rivers in southwest New Mexico have been central to the state's history, and their designation as "Wild and Scenic" would boost future recreational activities and the local economy, according to a new report. The research shows water-related outdoor r ...Read More

Video profiles are helping young people in foster care share their interests and personalities with prospective families. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tomorrow is National Adoption Day, which celebrates forever families and highlights those children still waiting to find homes. In Ohio, some kids are getting a chance to be in the limelight. Several Ohio children-services agencies are partnering with the organization Grant Me Hop ...Read More

The Ashley National Forest in northeastern Utah is part of more than 8 million acres of woodlands in the state managed by the U.S. Forest Service. (Jeff/Adobe Stock)

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OGDEN, Utah -- The U.S. Forest Service has issued a controversial rule green-lighting activities such as logging and road-building in national forests in Utah and elsewhere without a public comment period. The move is part of a flurry of regulatory rollbacks by the Trump administration that will dim ...Read More

A new report says states should prioritize higher-ed programs that support low-income students of color, a population that has suffered disproportionately in the pandemic. (A.C. Taylor, Jr.)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Budget experts predict California will face multi-billion-dollar deficits in 2022 and beyond as a result of the pandemic, and groups are calling on policymakers to protect higher education. Places such as community colleges will be key to getting people trained and back to wor ...Read More

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