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PNS Daily Newscast - May 12, 2021 


Montanans get to weigh in on firearms on college campuses, and Washington state addresses carbon pollution from the building sector.


2021Talks - May 12, 2021 


Senators Schumer and McConnell duel over voting reforms, the GOP divide over Trump could widen, and a pipeline hack spurs cybersecurity concerns.

Archive: March 31, 2021

The largest pharmacy-benefit manager companies in the United States are CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and Prime Therapeutics. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Under current law, Tennessee patients can be required to use certain pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, but a bill in the state Legislature could change that. On Tuesday, the House Insurance Subcommittee passed a bill to ban so-called "patient steering," and increase transpa ...Read More

Colorado ranks eighth in the nation as a state with the least affordable and available units, nearing the rate in Texas, Florida and Delaware. (Pixabay)

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DENVER - The need for affordable housing continues to outgrow supply in Colorado and across the United States, according to a new report. For every 100 of Colorado's lowest-income households, there are just 30 affordable rentals. A disproportionate number of the state's lowest-paid workers are peop ...Read More

In Michigan, much of a household's cost of electricity is concentrated in the winter months. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. - Winter may no longer have a grip on Michigan, but some folks might be feeling a chill just by opening their next home heating bill. Furnaces were working overtime last month because of a cold snap, and Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, vice president for customer experience at Consumers Ene ...Read More

Organizers behind Minnesota's Lake Steward project say a well-maintained lawn along a shoreline might provide stunning visuals, but it also can harm water quality. (Adobe Stock)

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BRAINERD, Minn. - In the coming weeks, many Minnesotans will flock to their lake homes - and in some areas, they might be quizzed about yard-maintenance habits. A laid-back approach might get them a passing grade for protecting water quality. A couple years ago, Dorothy Whitmer reconsidered the way ...Read More

Next Tuesday, state and local elections will be held across Wisconsin. A voters' rights group says it should serve as another reminder that many people being held pre-trial in county jails face barriers to voting. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is one of many states where proposals have surfaced to restrict voting through new election policies. Voters' rights groups say lawmakers should be going in the opposite direction, by expanding access - including for people in county jails. Under Wisconsin law, if you've b ...Read More

Head Start classes in the Olympia area are going back to face-to-face learning on April 20. (Mark/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Head Start employees in the Washington state capital area want more flexibility as kids return to the classroom. Sophia Rychener, a teacher who heads the Federation of Head Start Employees, said some of her union members aren't able to return to the classroom because of their own c ...Read More

Most American students will take, on average, 112 standardized tests from kindergarten to 12th grade. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Critics of standardized testing say the federal government should reduce or pause these tests, since the pandemic has upended so many students' learning efforts in the last year. Some education groups and teacher's unions argue standardized tests disproportionately affect Black ...Read More

Lack of paid leave has hurt many families during the pandemic, when child-care facilities closed. (Adobe stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. - President Joe Biden today is expected to announce his infrastructure stimulus plan to boost the pandemic recovery. In the coming weeks, it also will include a proposal for paid family leave. Advocates for working families say the pandemic has underscored the need in states such as V ...Read More

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