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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 26, 2021

A bill in the Montana Legislature would prohibit union dues from being deducted from workers' paychecks. (Christopher Boswell/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Montana lawmakers are mounting attacks on unions in this session. Montana is among the 23 states that has not adopted so-called "right-to-work" laws, which says non-union members don't have to pay dues, even though the union continues to represent them in negotiations. Senate Bill ...Read More

More than 21 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered so far in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Some residents will be able to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at regional drive-through locations beginning next week. Kroger is working with the state to set up pop-up sites. Gov. Andy Beshear created a tiered system for who is eligible, and said later this week a website, hotline n ...Read More

Phase 1B of New Hampshire's COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan begins today for residents 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions. (PordeeStudio/Adobe Stock)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire residents older than 65 and those with two or more underlying health conditions now are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as Phase 1B appointments begin today. It also includes caregivers of children with underlying conditions, residents and staff at facilitie ...Read More

A new initiative seeks to help youths aging out of foster care make a plan to attend post-secondary education or join the workforce. (terovesalainen/Adobe Stock)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Groups are partnering with the Children's Advocacy Alliance to launch a new initiative connecting youths in foster care with the resources they need to transition to independent adult living. Autumn Robertson, foster youth success initiative peer and community educator for the Ne ...Read More

Climate change could result in the displacement of more than 140 million people - particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America - before 2050, according to a 2018 World Bank Group report. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Experts say food shortages, housing insecurity and other hardships many North Carolinians are experiencing from the pandemic could become commonplace as climate change drives more extreme weather events. According to the state's Climate Science Report, the past decade represents th ...Read More

Maryam Nasar, alongside her mentor above, was born in Iraq and arrived in Idaho as a refugee in 2010. (Madeline Rose Scott)

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BOISE, Idaho -- A Treasure Valley program is helping young women from refugee communities into the workforce, and hopefully to narrow the state's gender pay gap. The Starling Project from Economic Opportunity by Jannus pairs mentors with college women ages 18 to 25 who arrived in Idaho as refugees. ...Read More

Last year, the Earned Income Tax Credit along with the Child Tax Credit lifted 148,800 Colorado families out of poverty. (Eric Ward/Wikimedia Commons)

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DENVER -- Coloradans who lost jobs or income during the coronavirus pandemic may qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when they file their 2020 taxes. Kelly Wagoner, director of the group Get Ahead Colorado, said it's an opportunity to get as much as $6,600 dollars into the pocke ...Read More

In 2019, 4,311 prescription drugs experienced a price hike, with the average increase hovering around 21%, according to data compiled by Rx Savings Solutions. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- This week, a North Dakota legislative committee will hear proposals on a system for importing less-expensive prescription drugs from Canada. Advocates say the state should take advantage of changes in federal rules to help older residents struggling to afford medications. A trio ...Read More

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