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PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2021 


Biden executive orders address pollution and environmental justice; health professionals note a link between climate change and human health.


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The Senate moves forward with Trump's impeachment trial; scholars question the legality of impeachment after an official is out of office.

Public News Service - NH: Health

Phase 1B of New Hampshire's COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan begins today for residents 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions. (PordeeStudio/Adobe Stock)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire residents older than 65 and those with two or more underlying health conditions now are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as Phase 1B appointments begin today. It also includes caregivers of children with underlying conditions, residents and staff at facilitie

Evictions had risen about 21% before the pandemic, but dropped 10% once the moratorium took effect. (Frontier/iStock)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire housing advocates are applauding President-elect Joe Biden's plan to extend the moratorium on evictions tomorrow, on day one of his administration. The ban would extend through Sep. 30. Elissa Margolin, director of Housing Action New Hampshire, said so far, the morat

Efforts to protect air and water quality in New Hampshire often depend on the use of public-health studies. (Ken Gallager/Wikimedia Commons)

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CONCORD, N.H. - The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a new rule that says certain types of public-health studies can no longer be considered in making federal regulations - studies that underpin many of the current rules that protect air, land and water from pollution and toxic chemical

A global survey found 85% of respondents, all over age 50, felt lonely in 2020, up from 75% of respondents in 2019. (Rido/Adobe Stock)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Loneliness and social isolation are taking a toll on older folks this winter in New Hampshire. A global survey from SixtyandMe.com found 85% of respondents, nearly all over the age of 50, felt lonely in 2020, up from 75% in 2019. And almost 80% of people surveyed said the pandemic

The AARP Public Policy Institute collaborated with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio on a new AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard to track state and national data. (shishkin137/Adobe)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- More than 91,000 people have died from COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, a sobering fact to which AARP is urging policymakers to pay more attention. The group is launching a Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard to provide data about specific points of concern at the state and natio

AARP conducted separate phone interviews with President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Their answers are posted online, side-by-side, on the AARP website. (uwwvmzjh8/Creative Commons)

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CONCORD, N.H. - Older voters may not be the only ones curious about how the major presidential candidates see the priorities of people over age 50. AARP posed the same set of questions to President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Both candidates share their views on Social Security,

Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett continue through Thursday. (Rachel Malehorn/Wikimedia Commons)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Health care advocates say the fate of the Affordable Care Act is on the line, as the first day of Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up. President Donald Trump's nominee would cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the high c

Millions of volunteers are needed for the vaccine trial registry, which will then be winnowed down to select 30,000 to 60,000 people for each study. (Nomevisualizzato/Morguefile)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- A fourth major clinical trial for a COVID vaccine debuted on Wednesday, and public-health experts are asking for your help. Millions of volunteers are needed to aid in the effort, but so far just 410,000 people have signed up. Dr. Jim Kublin, faculty member at Fred Hutchinson Canc

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