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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."


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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 31, 2020

Kentucky leads the nation in cases of child abuse and neglect, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The state's child welfare system is struggling to keep pace with unprecedented levels of mental distress among families, according to a new report by Kentucky Youth Advocates. Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services, Marta Miranda-Straub, said frontlin ...Read More

About three-quarters of natural gas nationwide comes from fracking. (creativenature.nl/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- The natural gas industry has launched a major campaign in the Northwest to tout the fuel source as a reliable way to fight climate change. Environmental groups say it's as harmful as other dirty sources for the planet. The Partnership for Energy Progress, made up energy companies and un ...Read More

Researchers say with relaxed auto-emissions standards in the U.S., more than 1 billion metric tons of carbon emissions will come from cars built under a weaker rule. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa continues to see the harmful effects of climate change, according to environmental advocates and Democratic elected officials. They want policy changes made under the current administration - such as the rollback of clean car standards - reversed. In March, the Environment ...Read More

Arizona is among the states that allow early absentee and mail-in voting in most elections. Arizona voters must request a mail-in ballot from their country recorder, if that is their preference. (National Conference of State Legislatures/Flickr)

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PHOENIX -- All sides of the political spectrum are calling the 2020 November General Election one of the most important in American history. With seniors the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 crisis, groups like AARP say there are steps older Arizonans can take to make sure their votes count and to r ...Read More

Election officials in Texas expect a record number of people to vote by mail this year, although not everyone is eligible to do so. (ParentRap/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Since the arrival of coronavirus, Texas and other states have struggled to figure out how to conduct elections both safely and securely. But one voting advocacy group says it doesn't need to be scary. In Texas there are strict rules about voting by mail, but last week Harris Count ...Read More

Access-a-Ride hasn't adapted its payment system to limit contact between drivers and riders and won't accept MetroCards or credit cards. (Tdorante10/Wikimedia Commons)

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*An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that fares would come back for Access-a-Ride on Aug. 31 and that riders would pay in cash. An MTA official had not responded to comment before the story, but then an MTA spokesperson contacted us afterwards with this important correction. (12:09 p ...Read More

The Bureau of Land Management oversees 248 million acres of public lands. (Bob Wick/BLM)

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DENVER -- Western hunters, anglers and conservationists are calling for the immediate removal of William Perry Pendley as head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Pendley has served as acting director of the agency for more than a year. He was formally nominated to be director in June, but ...Read More

A child's positive relationship with a parent or caring adult can be good for their health later in life. (susanjanegolding/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- This week, practitioners, educators and parents are coming together for the 21st annual Strengthening Families Training Institute conference. The conference, convened by the Idaho Children's Trust Fund, has changed because of COVID-19, going online this year. Dr. Robert Sege, pedia ...Read More

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