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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 - NY: Social Justice

The Equality Act builds on the 2020 Supreme Court ruling that the Civil Rights Act prohibits anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment. (nito/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK - A bill to update federal civil-rights laws to include comprehensive protections for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning Americans comes up for a vote in the House of Representatives next week. The Equality Act was reintroduced in the House yesterday by Rhode Isl

On January 2020, according to an ACLU report, 81% of ICE detainees were being held in privately owned or managed facilities. (Jason/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Immigrant advocates say President Joe Biden's executive order to end the use of private prisons is an important first step, but more needs to be done. The executive order, issued during the first week of Biden's presidency, directs the Department of Justice not to renew its contracts wi

Political-reform advocates say the filibuster allows senators representing as few as 13% of Americans to stop most legislation from going forward. (Chhobi/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK - Although Democrats now have a razor-thin majority in the U.S. Senate, political-reform advocates say to pass progressive legislation they first will have to eliminate the filibuster. By requiring a 60-vote majority to bring most legislation to a vote in the Senate, the filibuster rule a

In 29 states, LGBTQ people can still be evicted, denied health care or turned away from businesses because of their sexual orientation. (Yakobchuk Olena/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- A new report suggests a bill often promoted as expanding rights for LGBTQ people could benefit a wide spectrum of racial and religious minorities as well. The Equality Act passed in the U.S. House in 2019 with broad bipartisan support, but never came up for a vote in the Senate. Civil

Families whose children normally get free meals at school can expect to see a 15% increase in Pandemic EBT benefits. (Dieter Hawlan/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Many New Yorkers receiving SNAP and Pandemic EBT will soon get increases in their benefits. An estimated 29 million adults and at least eight million children nationwide are experiencing food insecurity because of the pandemic. On Friday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order d

New York teachers say standardized testing this school year would add more stress on students who already are dealing with multiple crises. (Prostock-studio/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Teachers are telling the New York State Education Department that, with disruptions due to the COVID pandemic, students should not be subject to standardized tests at the end of the school year. New York State United Teachers are calling on Interim Education Commissioner Betty Rosa a

The governor's marijuana-legalization proposal includes assistance to entrepreneurs in communities most affected by the war on drugs. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Drug-policy advocates say marijuana legalization must include dedicated community reinvestment to address the harms done by the war on drugs. During his State of the State Address on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo once again said legalization of marijuana for adult use is a priority for

Civil-rights advocates point out that police regularly confront social-justice demonstrations with militarized force. (saksuvan/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK - Civil-rights advocates say the police response to a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump was in stark contrast to responses to peaceful civil-rights protests. Pro-Trump rioters easily breached barricades and forced their way into the Capitol buildin

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