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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: July 7, 2020

Environmental problems such as polluted streams, erosion and piles of coal waste can be traced back to abandoned mine lands. (Adobe Stock)

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WHITESBURG, Ky. -- House lawmakers have passed legislation that would disburse $1 billion to states over the next five years - including $116 million to Kentucky - to clean up abandoned mines and jumpstart economic and community-development projects. The RECLAIM Act was passed as part of a package ...Read More

Research shows unemployment insurance can help stabilize family finances and economic activity when people lose jobs. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennesseans are filing for unemployment in record numbers, yet a new report from the Sycamore Institute says the state's unemployment benefits and related employer taxes are among the lowest in the nation. As the coronavirus pandemic continues with a potential second wave expec ...Read More

Tax experts say people who rush to file their taxes at the last minute run the risk of making a mistake and having their return rejected. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Taxpayers across the country got a reprieve earlier this year when the federal government and many states extended the tax-filing deadline because of the pandemic. But the new deadline is bearing down, and a Minnesota nonprofit worries about low-income filers. The Twin Cities-area g ...Read More

Black children in foster care are less likely to find a permanent home compared with their White peers. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Racial inequalities in the children-services system are not a new problem, but recent civil unrest around the country is helping to shed light on the issue. Compared with their White peers, Black children are more likely to linger in foster care, less likely to find a permanent h ...Read More

Every year, an estimated 218,000 young people are admitted to detention facilities nationwide, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (gabrielberophs/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Arrests that land young people in the Texas juvenile-justice system have dropped since the coronavirus pandemic began, mirroring a national trend, according to a new analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Alycia Castillo is a youth-justice policy analyst for the Texas Criminal ...Read More

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SEATTLE -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters in Washington state. The unanimous decision upholds the Evergreen State's law to fine or remove "faithless electors" who refuse to cast their ballots for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote in ...Read More

Calls for justice for the killing of Robert Ramirez in Laramie after a 2018 traffic stop have resurfaced in the wake of global protests targeting police violence against people of color. (Becker1999/Wikimedia Commons)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As the nation continues to grapple with police violence against people of color, the ACLU of Wyoming is hosting a virtual community forum on racism this Saturday. The event will take place online via video conference. Antonio Serrano, advocacy manager for the group, said he hopes ...Read More

In Wisconsin, according to a new report, the gap between students and teachers of color rose from about 19 percentage points in 2009 to 25 points in 2019. (Adobe Stock)

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ARCADIA, Wis. -- Wisconsin's public school student population has become more racially diverse, but its teacher workforce still is mostly White. That's according to a new report from an independent research group. The Wisconsin Policy Forum said between 2009 and 2019, the number K-12 students of c ...Read More

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