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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: December 23, 2020

Marina Kravtsova now helps students register for San Mateo Adult School, where she graduated. (Shellye Chen)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Educators of adults in California are pressing lawmakers to prioritize short-term retraining programs when the new session kicks off in January. Budgets for adult-education programs were cut during the Great Recession and still have not recovered - although some experts say the ...Read More

In Texas, 20% of families report slight or no confidence in their ability to pay rent or mortgage on time due to the pandemic, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (RobinHiggins/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Congress has passed a new stimulus package that will provide most Texas residents with an extra $600 - but that may not go far for families struggling with food insecurity and pandemic-related mental-health issues. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Texas has the ...Read More

Healthy masculinity involves speaking out against abusive language and behaviors. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- "Know better. Do better. Be better." That's the message violence-prevention advocates are hoping catches on among young men and boys in Ohio. A new social-media campaign from the Ohio Men's Action Network is working toward establishing healthier definitions of masculinity and norm ...Read More

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says union membership in the United States has declined from more than 17 million workers in 1983 to under 15 million in 2019. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Labor leaders in Minnesota and across the United States hope to see policy changes under the incoming Biden administration. Unions have seen a thinning of their ranks even prior to some of President Donald Trump's policies, but they're optimistic about the fate of worker protecti ...Read More

The impact-investing sector, made up of people who want to invest in companies that align with their personal values, has nearly doubled in the past few years, according to the Global Impact Investing Network. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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RALEIGH, N.C. - During the holiday season and into the new year, many people make charitable contributions - but there's another way to help the community recover from COVID-19 without spending a dime. Groups that work for social justice have said you can make a difference by choosing a financial i ...Read More

Last year, only 18 sockeye salmon returned to Redfish Lake, south of Stanley. (Ryndon Ricks/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho - A group convened by Gov. Brad Little to address the dire situation for salmon and steelhead numbers has finalized its recommendations and should release a final report next month. The Salmon Workgroup, established in April 2019, is made up of conservation groups and representatives o ...Read More

The holidays likely are different for most families this year, but there still are ways to make gatherings special. (wavebreak3/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The holidays are hard for many folks this year because of the pandemic, especially for people in long-term care facilities. AARP Oregon has suggestions for how families can make the season special for relatives who are residents of these homes. Joyce DeMonnin, AARP Oregon communica ...Read More

The federal CARES Act from the spring allowed state and local governments to cover expenses related to the pandemic. But a new package approved by Congress left out aid that would have allowed them to shore up lost government revenue. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. - The latest COVID-relief package approved by Congress is getting praise and criticism for what's in it and what was left out. State and local governments didn't get the direct aid they were hoping for, and a Wisconsin group says that could affect residents down the road. Despite call ...Read More

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