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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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Opponents of House Bill 38 say it would threaten judicial independence and turn Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices into politicians. (mandritoiu/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Judicial-independence organizations are celebrating a temporary victory now that a proposed amendment to the state constitution will not be on the ballot in the May primary. House Bill 38 would create judicial districts drawn by state legislators and impose a residency requiremen

With kinship care, family members can support each other in difficult times, keeping the family intact and connected. (Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A new report highlights the advantages of kinship care for children in contact with Pennsylvania's child-welfare system, and the need for increased equity in child placements. Placement in foster care is traumatic for children and their families. Studies show compared with child

COVID-driven unemployment has left millions of tenants nationwide thousands of dollars behind in rent. (CLShebley/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - As an estimated 230,000 Pennsylvania families face possible eviction, civil-rights advocates say President Joe Biden's executive order extending the moratorium on evictions is a good start - but Congress could do more to protect tenants who have fallen behind on rent because of the

A 73-word ballot question proposed multiple changes to the state constitution. (jonbilous/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A question on Pennsylvania's state ballot in 2019 proposing sweeping changes to the state constitution has been ruled unconstitutional itself by a Commonwealth Court. The proposed amendment, known as "Marsy's Law," has been promoted as strengthening victims' rights in criminal pr

Rally organizers say nearly 30% of Philadelphians with student debt in communities of color are behind on their loan payments. (Damir Khabirov/Adobe Stock)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Student and community groups will rally outside President-elect Joe Biden's Philadelphia headquarters Monday to demand he cancel all federal student debt on his first day in office. Organizers of the rally say Philadelphia was instrumental in securing Biden's victory at the polls.

Nationwide one-third of adults with children are likely to have to leave their homes due to eviction or foreclosure. (Thomas/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A new report shows the COVID pandemic is having a big impact on the health and well-being of children and families in Pennsylvania and nationwide. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids, Families and COVID-19 report draws on data collected since April by the U.S. Census Bureau's Hou

From 2009 to 2019 the state share of spending for special education fell from 32 to 22 percent. (pabrady63/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A new report shows state spending on special education has remained almost unchanged for a decade, leaving school districts to pick up the rising costs. The report, called "A Decade of Shortchanging Students with Disabilities", demonstrated from 2009 to 2019, Pennsylvania school

The letter says police used violence against Black Lives Matter protesters, while ignoring or encouraging white counter-protesters. (VAKSMANV/Adobe Stock)

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PHILADELPHIA - Civil-rights groups have sent a written complaint to the United Nations over what they call violence and excessive force by Philadelphia police officers against Black Lives Matter protesters. The letter says police violence against demonstrators peacefully exercising their First Ame

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