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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - CT: Social Justice

The most recent count of Connecticut's homeless population saw a 4% decrease between January 2019 and January 2020, but that was before the pandemic, and numbers have likely jumped since then. (Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A landmark bill that would make housing a human right for all Connecticut residents is making its way through the General Assembly. Known as the "Act Establishing a Right to Housing," Senate Bill 194 would reduce the impact of criminal and eviction history on housing access, incr

Star Trek actor René Auberjonois used California's medical-aid-in-dying law to end his suffering from lung cancer in December 2019. (Diane Krauss/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - A bill to allow medical aid-in-dying has just been introduced in the Connecticut Legislature. House Bill 6425 would permit a person with less than six months to live to get prescription medication to end their life, as long as they are mentally sound and get the consent of two do

Workers rallied at the state Capitol for additional COVID relief in May. (ULA)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Workers' rights groups are hopeful Congress will pass a $900 billion COVID relief bill but said it's just a first step. The bill reportedly includes a direct stimulus payment to needy families and billions to facilitate distribution of the vaccine and help struggling businesses a

The public is invited to leave photos of their loved ones at a temporary altar built inside city hall in New Haven for Day of the Dead. (John Lugo)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- This year, New Haven's Day of the Dead parade has taken on new significance as organizers dedicated it to the nearly 230,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Human rights and workers' rights advocates built a Dia de los Muertos altar at City Hall and invited the

The Citizens' Elections Program was launched more than a decade ago in Connecticut, following multiple corruption scandals in the state. (HappyLenses/Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut is setting the standard for publicly funded elections fueled by small donors, according to a new report from Common Cause. The state's voluntary Citizens' Election Program bars participating candidates from accepting donations from PACs and other big-money groups, an

In the wake of George Floyd's death, Connecticut has joined other states passing police reform. (Lisa Jacobs/Flickr)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Legislature has passed sweeping reforms of policing in the state. The special session bill touches many aspects of policing, including data collection for police misconduct, empowering civilian review boards with the ability to subpoena, and ending "stop and fris

Across the U.S. Black workers walked off the job for 8 minutes 46 seconds, the amount of time a police officer had his knee on George Floyd's neck before he died.(Pikist)

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HARTFORD, Ct. -- Connecticut workers held multiple protests Monday demanding racial and economic justice, as part of a nationwide day of action called "Strike for Black Lives". Advocates joined together in Hartford and Darien to remember workers lost to the pandemic, honor lives lost to police bru

Connecticut's presidential primary is coming up on August 11, so anyone who wants to vote with an absentee ballot needs to send their application in soon. (Svanblar/iStockphoto)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's presidential primary is now only one month away, and the state is sending out absentee ballot applications that must be returned ASAP. The filled-out applications can be turned in to your town clerk starting in one week - and then, the ballot will be mailed directly

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