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PNS Daily Newscast - May 6, 2021 


Ahead of Mother's Day, a new survey reveals what pandemic-burdened women really want, and President Biden moves to lift patent restrictions to assist vaccine-strapped countries.


2021Talks - May 6, 2021 


The White House waives COVID vaccine intellectual property rights to aid other nations, the president chides the GOP over the potential ouster of Liz Cheney from her leadership position, and immigration reform heats up.

Archive: November 25, 2020

The Maine Broadband Coalition says it's working to ensure that broadband speeds in rural areas of the state are comparable to speeds in urban areas. (Pxhere)

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AUGUSTA, Maine - With so many people learning and working from home in the pandemic, the Maine Broadband Coalition is conducting a crowd-sourced speed test to identify gaps in the state's high-speed internet access. Participants can find out about their own speeds, while helping the Coalition dete ...Read More

As attitudes towards marijuana use change, one group is voicing concerns that Ohioans don't have all the facts. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - With recreational or medical use of marijuana now legal in most states, one group wants to ensure that Ohioans fully understand its potential health risks. Prevention Action Alliance Executive Director Fran Gerbig explained that little is known about the safety implications of mar ...Read More

People in one in ten Illinois households with children say they

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The pandemic is causing massive hardships for Illinois families heading into the holidays. The latest Census Bureau survey finds 56% of households with children said they're "not very confident" they'll be able to afford enough food for the next four weeks. This disturbing fi ...Read More

In Texas, at least 66% of the 17 million registered voters cast ballots in the 2020 general election. That's 6.6 percentage points higher than total turnout in 2016. (12019/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas - In the days leading up to the November 3 election, political pundits saw signs the historically red state of Texas might vote for Joe Biden. That didn't happen, but Democrats say they're optimistic about a turnaround in 2024. While Democrats gained ground in some cities and suburbs ...Read More

Before the latest round of CARES Act funding, Hunger Solutions-Minnesota says it received nearly 350 applications for aid, totaling more $20 million. It was able to provide $12 million, spread across 239 groups. (Adobe Stock)

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DULUTH, Minn. - The lack of a new federal pandemic relief bill has local governments and nonprofits worried about how people will be able to survive the economic crisis. In Minnesota, one hunger-fighting group says programs could see their expanding reach during COVID-19 cut off. Aid that was part ...Read More

As in other states, Wisconsin is seeing data that show its Latinx population is being disproportionately affected by the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. - This week, Wisconsin health officials shared more sobering COVID-19 data, and the pandemic's effect has been devastating in Latino communities. A Madison group says education is key to protecting this population. The Latino Health Council says in Dane County, Latinos make up nearly ...Read More

The North Carolina Department for Health and Human Services says its goal is to decrease the percentage of children living in food insecure homes from 20.9% to 17.5% by 2025. (Adobe Stock)

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DURHAM, N.C. - Thanksgiving gatherings may be smaller this year, but North Carolinians need access to food more than ever, as the pandemic's economic downturn leaves many households struggling to buy groceries. Katie-Rose Crater, interim co-director of Farmer Foodshare works with farmers of color, ...Read More

Public health officials in Utah and elsewhere are discouraging large gatherings to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, to avoid the spread of COVID-19. (deagreez/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY - Public health officials continue to discourage large gatherings for this Thanksgiving, but it's hard to tell how big is too big. If you're planning to host or attend a holiday event, how do you evaluate the risk of acquiring or spreading COVID-19? Scientists at Georgia Tech Univ ...Read More

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