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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


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Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

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Teachers' unions in California are voicing concerns about a proposal to require schools to return to in-person learning on March 1. (Shaitra Ken/Morguefile)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif - Teachers' unions want to see significant changes to a proposal they say would force schools in California to reopen in March as long as they're out of the "purple" tier, or most stringent level of COVID-19 restrictions. Assembly Bill 10 will be taken up as an emergency measure

Pasadena City College is contributing to an Opportunity America survey to help develop programs to get job-seekers the education they need. (Prayitno/Wikimedia Commons)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- With more than 12 million Americans unemployed, community colleges and technical schools are collaborating to help people retrain for new jobs. About 1,100 institutions nationwide are contributing to the Opportunity America survey on workforce development. California Communit

A new report shows facilities with higher staffing levels have seen lower rates of COVID-19 infection. (Reknown Skilled Nursing)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new report pinpoints why COVID-19 spread so fast this summer in California nursing homes. The study found skilled nursing facilities that meet recommended staffing levels for Registered Nurses had half the infections compared to those that don't meet the standards. And the n

A new report says states should prioritize higher-ed programs that support low-income students of color, a population that has suffered disproportionately in the pandemic. (A.C. Taylor, Jr.)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Budget experts predict California will face multi-billion-dollar deficits in 2022 and beyond as a result of the pandemic, and groups are calling on policymakers to protect higher education. Places such as community colleges will be key to getting people trained and back to wor

Jessica Shamout, a working mom from Pasadena, is advocating for a national paid-leave program. (Jessica Shamout)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As the Biden administration prepares to take power, advocates for working families are pressing for a national paid-leave program. Today, California Congresswoman Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, is holding a virtual roundtable open to the public with experts on paid leave, families and

Trade-related job losses are spread across a wide variety of industries, from software to manufacturing and beyond. (Charles Csavossy/Wikimedia)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has lost more jobs to offshoring than any other state during the first three years of the Trump administration, according to a new report. Unemployment data shows from 2017 to 2019, more than 26,000 Californians lost their jobs to offshoring or displacement from imp

Advocates say 1 in 4 California households is housing insecure, meaning they are not certain they can pay the rent or mortgage next month. (Dodgerton Skillhause)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California families of color are bearing the brunt of the pandemic while also working many of the jobs essential to the economy, so advocates are urging the U.S. Senate to make sure their basic needs are met. The House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act in May, but the Senate

T-Mobile/Sprint is promising to maintain its California workforce, but has asked to get out of its prior commitment to add 1,000 jobs in the state. (D3Damon/iStockphoto)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The telecommunications company T-Mobile merged with Sprint a few months ago. It's already begging off some of its promises, and that's raising alarm bells with workers' advocates. When the California Public Utilities Commission approved the merger in mid-April, T-Mobile promis

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