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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 27, 2021

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- President Joe Biden will release a slew of executive orders aimed at curbing pollution, conserving natural lands, and addressing environmental injustice. Among the orders, he'll establish a new Office of Climate Change at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address ...Read More

In the past two centuries, as many as 85% of all oyster reefs have been lost across the globe. (HDR Engineering)

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HOUSTON -- A newly completed oyster habitat in Galveston Bay promotes conservation while still recognizing the importance of commercial oyster harvesting to the region's economy. The 40-acre sustainable habitat, just outside of Houston, is the first dual sanctuary and commercial harvest reef of its ...Read More

Florida's coastlines have been hit hard in recent years by sea-level rise and the increased intensity and frequency of tropical storms. (Selcuk/Adobe Stock)

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MIAMI -- As Florida faces the consequences of climate change -- from rising sea levels to more frequent and more severe hurricanes -- experts predict many coastal communities will be displaced in the coming years. John Paul Mejia, a Miami-based organizer with the Sunrise Movement, said many Black a ...Read More

More than a third of U.S. households with postsecondary education plans reported at least one household member has canceled those plans as a result of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some 77% of Tennessee households with college plans say those plans have changed due to the pandemic, according to a new report. The data show plans were more likely to change in households with members planning to work toward a certificate or associate degree. Megan Fasules, a ...Read More

Washington has developed a map of environmental health disparities across the state. (Washington State Department of Health)

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SEATTLE -- A measure in the Washington Legislature would make justice for all communities the bedrock of environmental policies in the state. The Healthy Environment for All Act (HEAL Act) would incorporate environmental justice for communities of color and front-line communities into law. Guiller ...Read More

Drilling a single well in New Mexico's Permian Basin requires more than 11 million gallons of water per day in 2016, enough to fill 11 Olympic-size swimming pools, up from 1.3 million gallons in 2011.

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SANTA FE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Senate has agreed to take up a bill that would increase penalties for produced water spills by the oil and gas industry. "Produced water" is the flowback from fracking, known to contain dangerous chemicals and heavy metals toxic to humans. Camilla Feibelman, direct ...Read More

Nationally, the American Heart Association says it plans to raise $230 million to help achieve health equity. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Health disparities in the United States are getting more attention, between the pandemic and last year's social-justice protests. In Iowa, certain barriers are being addressed, including mistrust of health agencies and providers. State health officials have said Iowa mirrors nati ...Read More

Studies have shown a lack of access to healthy foods leads to higher rates of chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Groups that fight hunger say they're seeing more need for food assistance in the pandemic, and they hope "nutrition security" is part of any effort to increase access. In Minnesota, one business is trying a unique approach that puts people before profits. Kurt Vickman, founder of Go ...Read More

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