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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 - NE: Social Justice

Omaha police emails reveal a police lieutenant requesting undercover officers participate in a demonstration days after police received city guidance that it was a lawful activity. (Snappy Goat)

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Omaha Police Department emails obtained through a public records request suggest surveillance activities targeting racial justice advocates were based on their beliefs about the need for police reform, not on reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct. Adam Sipple, legal director for t

A recent poll found more than 90% of Nebraska voters want the process of redrawing the state's political districts to be data-driven, transparent and nonpartisan. (Capitolist/Wikimedia Commons)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- On Wednesday, the Nebraska Legislature's executive board heard arguments for the Redistricting Act, sponsored by Sen. John McCollister, R-Omaha. The bill aims to eliminate politics from the once-a-decade redrawing of the state's political districts. Gavin Geis, executive director

Thirty-three percent of working women between the ages of 23 and 39 say school and day-care closures are a significant reason for not working, compared with just 11.8% of men. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, women in Nebraska and across the U.S. have left the workforce in unprecedented numbers. And a new report suggests a full economic recovery will not be possible unless steps are taken to help women get back on the job. Nicole Mason, pres

Demand for food assistance in Nebraska has spiked during COVID-19, with Omaha's Together drive-through food pantry serving some 250 cars daily. (Wikimedia Commons)

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OMAHA, Neb. -- The number of Nebraskans not sure where their next meal would come from was on the decline in 2019, but that was before the coronavirus pandemic upended the nation's economy, sending millions of Americans into unemployment lines. Mike Hornacek, president and CEO of the group Together

An estimated 5.2 million Americans remain disenfranchised because of felony convictions. That's 2.3% of the voting-age population. (Michael Fleshman/Flickr)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Voters in Nebraska and across the country are heading to the polls today to participate in one of the most fundamental democratic processes. But more than 20,000 voting-age Nebraskans won't be able to cast a ballot because of a felony conviction. According to a report from The Sen

Only first-time voters who registered by mail and did not already verify their eligibility are required to confirm their identity at the polling place with documentation. (FutUndBeidl/Flickr)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska groups have published an educational guide for the state's poll workers, part of an effort to make poll sites more welcoming for gender non-conforming, non-binary and transgender voters. Abbi Swatsworth, executive director for OutNebraska said these constituents historical

Many elementary school teachers were not able to provide direct instruction in academic skills more than once per week during school closures, with more than 20% reporting never providing direct instruction in academic skills. (Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- As kids and parents navigate the uncertain territory of being back in school during a pandemic, a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study shows elementary teachers nationwide believe just 3 out of 5 of their students were prepared to advance to the next grade level after schools sh

Hispanics represent 11% of Nebraska's population, but account for at least 60% of confirmed COVID-19 cases. (Jordi Play/Wikimedia Commons)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- On an average year, September kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with festivals full of food and dancing, celebrating the history and cultures across Latin America and Spain. Rose Godinez, legal and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, said this year, m

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