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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."


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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.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A controversial anti-rioting bill championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving quickly toward passage in the House, but is likely to stall in the Senate. Triggered by the mostly peaceful protests after the police killing of George Floyd, sponsor Rep. Danny Burgess - R-Zephyrhills

Gov. Ron DeSantis touts his COVID-19 vaccination plan as putting seniors first, or leading the nation for people age 65+. However, the data tracking has been plagued with controversy. (Pixabay)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Black elected officials are speaking out about what they see as Gov. Ron DeSantis's pattern of prioritizing COVID-19 vaccines for people in affluent, mostly white neighborhoods. State Rep. Omari Hardy - D-West Palm Beach - said white individuals are being vaccinated much sooner

President Joe Biden included the federal implementation of the anti-discrimination decision in Bostock V. Clayton County in a series of Day One executive orders. (Sharon McCutcheon/Pexels)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning community is now fully protected under state law against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Yesterday, the Florida Commission o

During the 2020 session, the Florida House passed a bill requiring public-sector workers, such as teachers, to tell their employer proactively that they want to stay in a union, but it didn't advance in the Senate. (Christina Morillo/Pexels)
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Public-sector workers such as police and teachers burdened by the pandemic's workload are trying to fight back against a bill in the Florida Senate that would make them proactively confirm whether they want to remain in a union. State Sen. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, said Senate B

Gov. Ron DeSantis broke with recommendations from a CDC advisory committee that said essential workers and people age 75 and older should receive the vaccine next. DeSantis expanded his order to people 65 and older. (Pexel)

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TAMPA, Fla. - Some community-health advocates say access to the COVID-19 vaccine is as big a problem as distrust of the process in Black communities. Black Americans are receiving COVID vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than whites, according to Kaiser Health News. And Florida's vaccine-tra

Lumina Foundation created its Racial Justice and Equity Fund in 2017 following the
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former unpaid interns in Congress are broadening their quest for paid internships, with a $200,000 grant to research racial inequities in internship programs across the country. The group Pay Our Interns was founded by interns who gathered data showing 90% of members of the U.S

The Marshall Project and the New York Times found more than 200,000 people are booked into jails across the country in a given week, and the same number walk out in the same time period. (izhar khan/Pexels)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Health advocacy groups say Florida's recommendations on COVID vaccine priority should include people in prison as well as staff members. Gov. Ron DeSantis broke away from Centers for Disease Control recommendations when he ordered people 65 and older to be next in line for COVI

Amendment 4, passed by Florida voters in 2018, restored voting rights to people who had been convicted of felonies but served their time. (Trimmel Gomes)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Voting-rights advocates say they're working to keep the momentum going, registering Floridians with felony convictions so they can vote in future elections. Conflicting court rulings and confusing records were just a few hurdles they faced on Election Day, as Republican lawmake

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