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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: January 15, 2021

Due to lack of funding, Colorado teachers spend over $695 on average on school supplies, and even food for students from struggling families. (Pixabay)

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DENVER - With the Colorado Legislatureback at work this week, the state's largest union of educators is calling on lawmakers to increase funding, make classrooms safe, and help attract and retain top-notch teachers. Amie Baca-Oehlert, a high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education ...Read More

In Washington state, 170,000 workers were able to take paid time off from work last year during the pandemic as a result of the Paid Family and Medical Leave program. (Neil/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Paid Family and Medical Leave program has been a source of relief for Washingtonians who have been sick or were caring for loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, state legislators would like to see it go further. Lawmakers hold a hearing today on House Bill 1073, which ...Read More

Environmental advocates worry they'd see more pollution in South Dakota waterways if the state agency that regulates them is allowed to merge with the Agriculture Department. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota's governor is reviving her proposal to merge two state agencies, including one that oversees protections for public lands and waterways, raising concerns from environmental groups. In her State-of-the-State address this week, Gov. Kristi Noem made mention of her idea fr ...Read More

A 1996 state law prohibits local Kentucky ordinances from governing the marketing and sale of tobacco products. (Adobe Stock)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Counties across Kentucky say smoking and vaping are hurting their local economies and people's health, and they're fighting for the ability to pass local laws about the marketing and sale of tobacco products. A dozen states, including Kentucky, have laws on the books preempting l ...Read More

Wind has the potential to support over 600,000 jobs in manufacturing, installation, maintenance and supporting services by 2050, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A new poll found more than six in 10 North Carolina voters think the state should be prioritizing wind and solar energy. Nearly 90% said renewables are 'very important' to North Carolina's future, and many believe the building of offshore wind projects along the coast will create m ...Read More

A popular rafting and camping destination, the Owyhee Canyonlands stretch across southeastern Oregon's border with Idaho. (Bonnie Moreland/Flickr)

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ONTARIO, Ore. - Protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands is a popular idea for people from both major political parties, according to a new poll. Polling firm John Zogby Strategies found 79% of likely Oregon voters would back legislation in Congress to protect this landscape, including 89% of Democrats, ...Read More

Lumina Foundation created its Racial Justice and Equity Fund in 2017 following the
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former unpaid interns in Congress are broadening their quest for paid internships, with a $200,000 grant to research racial inequities in internship programs across the country. The group Pay Our Interns was founded by interns who gathered data showing 90% of members of the U.S ...Read More

The Central Arizona Project uses a network of hundreds of miles of pipelines and canals to distribute water from the Colorado River Basin to customers across the state. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Colorado River is the lifeblood of the American West, but the viability of the massive river basin is being threatened by climate change. To plan future water use in the region -- which includes Arizona -- the Central Arizona Project is teaming up with NASA and Arizona State ...Read More

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