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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 - UT: Social Justice

The School Breakfast Scorecard recently ranked Utah 51st for the number of students receiving breakfast on a daily basis. A new program, Smart Start, aims to improve participation. (Wavebreaknedia/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- As Utah students head back to the classroom soon, research shows providing breakfast will be a critical factor in helping kids who have fallen behind on their studies catch up. But advocates say Utah, which was ranked last in the nation in the most recent School Breakfast Scorecar

Utah lawmakers will see a slew of bills this session addressing police behavior, including one that would prevent officers from using additional force against someone who's been subdued. (Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Police reform will be a top priority when the Utah Legislature opens next Tuesday, and groups are pressing lawmakers to pass more than 60 expected bills. Some key areas of focus include police accountability, use of force and police misconduct. Molly Davis, policy analyst for the

Since the start of the pandemic, it's estimated Utah renters are collectively $120 million in arrears because of illness and/or unemployment. (pixelrobot/Adobe Stiock)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Thousands of Utah renters who lost jobs or suffered cutbacks because of COVID-19 face possible eviction beginning in the first week of January. A combination of eviction moratoriums and CARES Act funding has kept most people in their homes up to now, but those benefits are set to

A bipartisan group of volunteers is gathering signatures across the state to put a referendum on the November ballot to negate a tax reform package approved by the Utah Legislature. (mokee81/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY - A grassroots group of Utah voters is under a tight deadline to put a referendum on the ballot to nullify a tax-reform package approved by state lawmakers. The Republican-controlled Utah Legislature passed a package of tax-code changes in a December special session - but a recent '

A new report shows that women working full-time jobs in Utah make only about 70% of that similarly employed men make, about 10% lower than the national average. (bernardboto/AdobeStock)

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SALT LAKE CITY – A new poll shows that Utah women rank last among the 50 states for the amount of money they make compared with men. Data from a study by YMCA Utah and the Institute for Women's Policy Research found the so-called wage gap for Utah women with full-time jobs was just 68.9% of

Under Utah's 2015 criminal justice reforms, the percentage of the prison population serving time for nonviolent offenses shrank from 40 percent to 32 percent. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah's prison population is now well below where it had been projected to be by this time, according to new data The Pew Charitable Trusts. Researchers say a few key changes to law enforcement policy are saving the state millions of dollars in incarceration costs. Pew's an

Several colleges in Utah have opened food pantries to help address the growing challenges of food insecurity among students. (USDA)

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SALT LAKE CITY - A growing number of college students in Utah and across the nation don't have enough money to buy food, according to a new national survey. It says nearly one in 10 community college students went without food for 24 hours in the past month. Researchers found that nearly half of co

In most cases, law enforcement is prohibited from entering a family home unless the family consents or agents have a warrant. (Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing back against what it claims is increasingly heavy handed actions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Utah and across the country. The group filed suit this week against ICE and the U.S. Marshals Service in respons

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