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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: March 11, 2020

The American Red Cross says efforts to maintain the nation's blood supply usually are hindered by the flu season, and now it has to contend with coronavirus concerns as well. (Adobe Stock)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota residents are urged to keep giving blood so the nation's supplies don't run short amid coronavirus concerns. This week, the American Red Cross announced donation restrictions for people who have traveled to certain countries or have had contact with someone who's b ...Read More

High school athletic officials say if girls' wrestling becomes a sanctioned sport, it would be divided into four weight classes at state wrestling championships. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota soon could join the list of states that formally sanctions girls' high-school wrestling. Athletic directors from across the state are expected to consider the proposal when they meet later this month. Sarah Axelson, senior director of advocacy for the Women's Sports Fou ...Read More

Nearly 1 million children in Tennessee attend public schools. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A group of parents is suing the state over a school voucher law that would allow public school funds to be used to help Tennessee families send their kids to private schools. Chris Wood, an attorney with the firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP who is representing the 11 plaint ...Read More

No one has tested positive for coronavirus at the Northwest Detention Center, according to ICE. (Common Language Project/Flickr)

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TACOMA, Wash. -- Immigrants' advocacy groups are urging officials to monitor the health of people in the Northwest Detention Center during the coronavirus outbreak. The Shutdown NWDC Coalition, representing more than 200 groups across Washington state, is calling on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health ...Read More

In addition to harming shorelines and fish habitats, opponents of wake-surfing say it is disruptive to other people using Minnesota lakes. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is among the states where "wake-surfing" has become a popular water activity. But concerns over its effect on lakes has prompted legislation, which some say won't go far enough. The sport involves someone on a short surfboard riding the wake behind a boat without being ...Read More

After the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of pro-choice advocates in 2018, anti-abortion lawmakers are hoping to amend the Iowa Constitution. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- GOP leaders in Iowa hope to send a constitutional amendment to voters stating that a woman's right to an abortion is not protected -- but opponents of that effort are rallying. The amendment would effectively roll back a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision that affirms women have t ...Read More

Gov. Kate Brown kept her promise to enact sweeping climate action if it didn't come from the Oregon Legislature this year. (Oregon Dept. of Transportation/Flickr)

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SALEM, Ore. -- Stymied at the Oregon Legislature, conservation groups are celebrating an extensive list of climate actions from Gov. Kate Brown. Brown has announced an executive order that spans multiple business sectors to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. It includes expanding the Clean Fuels Prog ...Read More

Ohioans can vote by absentee ballot for the upcoming primary through next Monday. (M. Kuhlman)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the Ohio primary less than a week away, election officials don't want COVID-19 to become a hindrance to democracy. Secretary of State Frank LaRose has been working with local election officials and health departments to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission on Elec ...Read More

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