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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 - CO: Rural/Farming

In 2020, 81% of older adult participants in the Nourish Colorado's Nutrition Incentive Program reported that food boxes increased their food security. (USDA)

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DENVER -- Colorado's food networks are finding new and creative ways to get fresh produce directly from farmers to people who need it during the coronavirus pandemic. Roberto Meza, co-founder of the East Denver Food Hub, said new partnerships made through Nourish Colorado's produce-box program have

Jack's Solar Garden in Boulder County offers tours to visiting farmers and local schools to help cultivate the next generation of agrivoltaic farmers. (NREL)

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- As the nation moves to ramp up clean-energy production, Jack's Solar Garden, a locally owned farm just south of Longmont, could provide a model for family-scale operations across the U.S. The farm has boosted revenues after planting 3,200 solar panels, enough to power more than 3

Fifty-four million Americans are projected to lack reliable access to nutritious food because of economic fallout from COVID-19 by year's end. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- The Colorado Legislature has allocated an additional $5 million to help address an unprecedented rise in hunger across the state as part of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The state's food pantries and food banks have until this Sunday to apply for grants. Jason Harris

Crops produced by students at Mountain Vista High School in Douglas County usually are sold during two-day market sales, but post-COVID, customer volume has shot up, selling out within two to three hours. (Mountain Vista High School)

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Students at a Douglas County high school are learning COVID-era business skills using a freight container converted into a high-tech hydroponic vertical farm as their virtual classroom. After Mountain Vista High School recently switched to remote learning, students and tea

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. (Georgetown University)
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DENVER -- As Colorado faces multi-billion-dollar budget deficits in coming years due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, a new report warns that indiscriminate cuts to higher education will make it harder to get people trained and back to work, and disproportionately impact studen

Land use for low-cost solar development in the United States is projected to expand to the equivalent of the state of New Jersey by 2050. (Sean Prive Understory Initiative)

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden are researching how planting wildflowers, clovers and other vegetation at solar farms can help improve water quality. Megan Day is the lab's senior energy planner. She said instead of laying gravel, which requires re

Supporters of reintroducing gray wolves to Colorado, a species humans had eradicated in the state by the 1940s, hope the move will restore balance to the region's ecosystem. (Wildfaces/Pixabay)

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DENVER -- As part of this election, Colorado voters will decide whether to direct the state's Parks and Wildlife Commission to bring gray wolves back to their historical habitat. John Murtaugh, Rockies and Plains representative for Defenders of Wildlife, said Proposition 114 would create space to c

A recent survey found that despite the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, the number of Americans that are passionate about addressing climate change is on the rise. (Pete Linforth/Pixabay)

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DENVER -- As the nation grapples with massive wildfires, a hurricane season already on its second alphabet and intensifying drought, conservationists are calling on moderators for tomorrow's first presidential debate to press candidates for their plans to address climate change. In 2016, just one q

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