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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


2021Talks - June 16, 2021 


Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Archive: April 14, 2021

Some Nez Perce Tribe members say removing the lower Snake River dams is crucial for restoring their fishing rights. (spiritofamerica/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho - Groups are urging Northwest leaders to act on U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's infrastructure and Snake River dam proposal. The plan would breach the four lower Snake River dams to help salmon, whose numbers have dwindled for years. It aims to restore what American Rivers calls in a report o ...Read More

While well intentioned, the philanthropic sector has faced critisim in recent years, including claims of colorblind grantmaking. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The world of philanthropy isn't immune from the need to improve workplace culture as society demands greater equity. One Minnesota organization is among those enacting changes in light of the pandemic and racial reckoning. Improving communities and helping to foster social justice ...Read More

Research shows cities that plan and install protected lanes for cyclists have fewer bike and pedestrian fatalities than those that do not. (Adobe Stock)

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DURHAM, N.C. - People in Durham who prefer two-wheeled transportation say bike lanes with physical barriers reduce road fatalities, and they're partnering with local transportation officials to add flexi-posts to existing bike lanes and limit car traffic on some residential streets. In 2018, said J ...Read More

Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe opposes efforts to raise the Shasta Dam and enlarge the reservoir because it would flood her tribe's ancestral lands. (Winnemem Wintu Tribe)

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REDDING, Calif. - The 2021 top 10 list of America's "Most Endangered Rivers" is out - and the McCloud River in Shasta County is number seven. The report from the group American Rivers noted the McCloud is threatened by a 40-year-old plan that had been revived by the Trump administration to raise th ...Read More

In New Hampshire, vaccine appointments can be found online at vaccines.nh.gov, or by calling 211. (Alfredo Hernández/Adobe Stock)

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DOVER, N.H. - All New Hampshire residents age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and groups are working to get the word out about the different vaccines and how to sign up to get one. Jill Martin, 66, of Dover and and her husband, 76, were part of the first wave of the vaccine roll ...Read More

The CARES Act made it easier for people to withdraw up to $100,000 from their retirement accounts if their jobs and income took a hit from the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The IRS has extended the income-tax filing deadline by an extra month, and experts say while the pandemic has shaken retirement planning for many families, tax season is a good time to get back on track. Households should be reviewing finances and investing for the long term, sa ...Read More

More than 1.5 million Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated. (Jacob Lund/Adobe Stock)

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Some groups in Massachusetts want to see more focus on getting COVID-19 vaccinations to people in underserved communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Gov. Charlie Baker's Vaccine Equity Initiative has been working with 20 of the Commonwealth's hardest-hit cities and towns to incr ...Read More

Although federal relief packages have benefited local meat-processing companies seeing higher demand, some say the aid has been slow, which has prompted calls for state-level help. (Adobe Stock)

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STORY CITY, Iowa - The supply chain for meat processing still is dealing with issues caused by the pandemic, and smaller operations have been picking up the slack. A proposal in the Iowa Legislature would create a grant program to help with the surge in demand. Supporters of House File 857 have sai ...Read More

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