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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: August 25, 2020

Nevada, Colorado, Oregon and Washington are working together to make permanent telehealth flexibilities that were created due to the coronavirus outbreak. (EnginAkyurt/Pixabay)

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LAS VEGAS -- Telehealth was a lifeline for rural communities even before COVID-19, but such services will likely be further transformed as Americans avoid unwanted social interactions. This month, governors from Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington announced they will work together to establish ...Read More

Childhood vaccinations have dropped nationwide since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- There's been a sharp decline in vaccination rates among Kentucky children since the onset of the coronavirus. And health experts say they are concerned about the confluence of COVID-19, flu season and the potential for other infectious-disease outbreaks. The state's Department o ...Read More

New guidelines for mining projects would allocate a portion of revenues generated from mineral development on public lands to offset expenses for mitigation and abandoned-mine reclamation.(Pixabay)

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DENVER -- Colorado's Mineral Belt in the central and southwestern parts of the state is rich in deposits of so-called critical minerals, the kind used to produce everything from smartphones to wind turbines and batteries that power electric vehicles. A new report released today by conservation group ...Read More

Election security experts say there's a possibility foreign governments could interfere in the 2020 General Election by tampering with state voter registration databases. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Amid concern foreign governments could interfere in the 2020 general election, a new survey finds state voter-registration databases are more secure than in 2018. Almost twice as many states now require multi-factor authentication and passwords that are at least eight characte ...Read More

Culling mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park is scheduled for mid-September through mid-November, when grizzly bears are in hyperphagia, a period of increased calorie intake in preparation for hibernation. (Gregory Smith/Flickr)

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JACKSON, Wyo. -- As Grand Teton National Park prepares to cull mountain goats to protect bighorn sheep populations from disease, conservationists are sounding the alarm about the potential harm to endangered grizzly bears if hunters are sent in to do the job. Kristin Combs, executive director of W ...Read More

Both major parties in Wisconsin have been at odds over how to approach police-accountability policy. Those divisions remain following the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha. (Adobe Stock)

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KENOSHA, Wis. -- Protesters continue to demand justice over the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha over the weekend. And Democrats in the Legislature say the incident underscores the need for immediate action on police accountability measures. Groups such as Black Lives Matter and other act ...Read More

There is a $200,000 difference between the highest and lowest listed price for an inpatient bypass surgery in Ohio. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The price tag for the same medical procedure varies greatly from hospital to hospital in Ohio, according to a new report. The Center for Community Solutions examined "chargemaster" information for Ohio's 206 hospitals - those are prices hospitals set for services, not what consum ...Read More

Experts say hospital consolidation is a major driver in the issue of rising health care costs. (Volgariver/Adobestock)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Advocates trying to drive down the cost of health care are pressing lawmakers to consider a bill to regulate for-profit health care mergers - before the end of the legislative session on Monday. SB 977 would give Attorney General Xavier Becerra the power to review or reject m ...Read More

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