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PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2021 


On this Inauguration Day, civil-rights groups urge Congress to pass the "For the People Act;" Leader McConnell puts blame on Trump for riots at the U.S. Capitol.


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Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MLK, prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation in Congress could expand access to voting, reduce partisan gerrymandering.

Public News Service - CT: Civic Engagement

About 12 percent of the Connecticut primary ballots were cast by 18- to 29-year-olds this year. (Kreg Steppe/Flickr)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Young voters turned out in record numbers for Tuesday's primary in Connecticut -- and they voted their own way. An estimated 66,000 voters from ages 18 to 29 went to the polls this week. According to Abby Kiesa, news coordinator and researcher at the Center for Information and Res

Tax expenditures cost Connecticut $7.2 billion annually in lost revenue. (Ragesoss/Wikimedia Commons)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With the state facing massive public-employee layoffs and a $900 million budget deficit next year, one group is calling for a closer look at tax expenditures. The tax breaks and tax credits Connecticut allows now amount to more than $7 billion a year, a 71 percent increase sinc

Closing what is known as the carried interest loophole would generate $535 million a year in tax revenue for Connecticut. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Advocates for Connecticut's poor and people with disabilities say the state could generate more than a half-billion dollars in revenue each year by closing a loophole that benefits hedge-fund and private-equity managers. The federal government gives those very high earners a big

Counting prisoners as local residents gives communities with prisons some extra representation in politics. (Sean Hobson/flickr)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - A coalition of organizations wants Connecticut to end the practice of counting prisoners as residents of the towns where the prisons are located. It's known as "prison gerrymandering," and civil-rights advocates say it undermines the principle of "one person, one vote." Peter Wagn

Almost 90 percent of corn for feeding cattle, pigs and chickens is grown from genetically modified seeds. Credit: Juliacasado1/pixabay.com

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A challenge to a Vermont law requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms goes before a federal court of appeals this week, and the results could affect Connecticut. Connecticut passed a GMO labeling law in 2013, but it can't go into effect until at l

PHOTO: Consumer advocates suggest if you want to get the most bang for your buck with your charitable donations in 2015, you should first do some homework. Credit: M. Clifford

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Now that 2015 has arrived, some people are making decisions about how to get the most bang for their buck with their charitable contributions in the new year. Local advocates suggest you do some research before you donate. Jackie MacKnight, director of community relations for th

PHOTO: A new state law underscores the need for drivers in Connecticut to give right of way to those not in a vehicle. Photo courtesy of Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

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HARTFORD, Conn. – It's a new law that underscores the need for local drivers to yield the right of way to those sharing Connecticut roads on bikes, using wheelchairs and on foot. Careless drivers injure hundreds of people in the state each year, says Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike

PHOTO: Connecticut voters will decide an amendment question on the November ballot that could increase access to the poll. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut voters face a question when they head to the polls this November – it's a constitutional amendment to allow state lawmakers to consider new ways for voters to cast ballots. State Rep. Ed Jutila says Connecticut is currently one of only 14 states in the nat

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