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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 - MD: Social Justice

Many incarcerated Marylanders don't realize they have the right to vote if they're being held pre-trial or serving time for a misdemeanor. (Adobe Stock)

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BALTIMORE - After a Maryland coalition expanded voting rights for people in jails and prisons during the 2020 presidential election, a landmark bill now in the General Assembly would turn that effort into law. The Value My Vote Act would require state correctional facilities to give every person a

Maryland lawmakers are considering a measure to provide changing rooms in state buildings to help people with developmental disabilities. (Adobe stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council will launch what it calls "DD Day" tomorrow, to promote a slew of bills introduced in the General Assembly designed to help people with disabilities live equitable and fulfilling lives. Last week, the state Senate passed Gov. Larry H

About 42% of moms in Maryland prisons are single-parent breadwinners, many of whom would benefit from job-skills programs when they're released. (Wikimedia Commons)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Maryland Justice Project and its partners are urging the General Assembly to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to provide what they say is a desperately needed pre-release program to help women transition out of prison. Monica Cooper, the project's executive director,

Baltimore's Black communities are struggling to get to work after pandemic-related cuts to city's bus system scaled back service. (Wikimedia Commons)

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BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore group pushing for more equitable transit policies commemorated the 64th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott with a virtual rally, linking the civil-rights campaign of the 1950s to the fight against local public-transit cuts brought on by the pandemic. In response to r

Experts advise using compassion if the conversation veers into difficult political topics around this year's holiday dinner table. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Holiday conversations can be stressful, especially in a year filled with misinformation and disinformation about the election, the pandemic and racial protests. But experts say folks can use compassion at this year's Thanksgiving table to challenge tricky subjects. Bridget Todd, p

More Marylanders are turning to food banks as poverty increases during the pandemic. (Maryland Food Bank)

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BALTIMORE -- A Maryland author and leader of a national anti-poverty group is challenging U.S. leaders to tackle social inequities spotlighted this year during the coronavirus pandemic and protests against policing. Wes Moore, author and CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, noted that COVID-19 disprop

Be prepared for delays when early voting in Baltimore. As a precaution, the city will be checking temperatures at Voting Centers. (Adobe stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - With only 12 days left before Election Day, early voting in Maryland starts on Monday and runs for eight consecutive days, including Saturday and Sunday. Voting-rights groups are taking steps to reduce concerns about possible intimidation, turmoil over the new Voting Center system

A new partnership received $400,000 in funding to begin tracking African American cultural sites in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (Preservation Maryland)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A new multi-state partnership aims to shine a light on hidden African American history in the Chesapeake Bay area. The National Park Service is joining with conservation and historic organizations in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to document neglected Black cultural sites an

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