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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."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


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.

Public News Service - AZ: Social Justice

Almost 2 million Arizonans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but advocates for people with disabilities say they have, so far, been left out of the program. (weya/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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PHOENIX, Ariz. - A coalition is calling on Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona's Department of Health Services to prioritize access to the COVID-19 vaccine for people living with disabilities. The groups want state officials to amend the current vaccination plan to include people with intellectual and dev

Getting a surprise medical bill is not uncommon in today's health-care system, but new legislation going into effect in 2022 could make them a thing of the past. (Damir Khabarov/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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PHOENIX, Ariz. - Navigating the health-care system can be difficult on a good day - dealing with insurance companies, doctors, deductibles and copays is frustrating. But in a recent survey, Arizonans said getting a surprise medical bill after a hospital visit is at the top of their list. "Surprise

By a 60% margin, Arizona voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing the sale of marijuana and its derivative products for recreational use. (jdoms/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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PHOENIX -- Arizona's passage of Proposition 207 on Nov. 3 means people age 21 and older soon will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use. But backers of the new law say it also will give some Arizonans a measure of social justice. The initiative allows people with minor marijuana convictions

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program provides protection from deportation and other rights for thousands of immigrants brought into the United States as children. (vivalapenley/Adobe Stock)

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MESA, Ariz. -- Arizonans eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program are hopeful but cautious over a court ruling that could reverse a Trump administration policy that crippled the program. A federal judge last week declared the appointment of Chad Wolf as interim Sec

Census 2020 workers and volunteers are making last-minute, in-person contacts with Arizona households in hopes of completing the once-a-decade population tally by Oct. 31. (Flickr)

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PHOENIX -- With just a few weeks left to complete the 2020 census, groups representing Arizona's historically undercounted residents say they're making a major effort to ensure they are fully represented. The final count will determine how billions of federal dollars are distributed for health, soc

Immigrants make up 13% of Arizona's population, and an estimated 4% of the state's population is undocumented. (vivalapenler/Adobe Stock)

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Almost 24,000 undocumented young Arizonans rely on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA to live and work in the state. In July, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration's attempt to repeal DACA was unconstitutional, and legal experts say that decis

More than 650,000 Arizona workers lost their jobs during the first three months of the COVID-19 crisis, while Arizona's billionaires made more billions. (Tyler Olsen/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX -- While hundreds of thousands of Arizona workers have been hurt by the economic impact of the pandemic, a new report has found that a few of their wealthy neighbors have done quite well. The Forbes "Billionaires Report" showed that Arizona's richest residents saw their net worth jump by $1

Advocates say discriminatory practices historically have limited Latino access to America's parks and public lands, negatively affecting their overall health and well-being. (Monart/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Conservation and public health groups are calling on Latinos to take action to preserve public lands and combat climate change. Groups such as the Hispanic Access Foundation are specifically calling for Latinos to push for final passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. That leg

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