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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Archive: May 19, 2014

PHOTO: Many children and seniors in Ohio are abused and neglected, and those who work in the agencies charged with keeping them safe say they lack the resources to do so effectively. Credit: Will Petrik, Advocates for Ohio's Future.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Those who work to protect Ohio's children and vulnerable seniors say their agencies are in a dire situation. The poor economy and the opiate epidemic in Ohio are among the problems putting strains on families. Cassandra Holtzmann, director, Ashland County Job and Family Services, ...Read More

PHOTO: Under Minnesota's medical marijuana bill, patients will not be able to get the plant or its leaves, but could obtain medicinal marijuana in liquid or pill form. Photo credit: Mark/Flickr

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The 2014 Legislature ended with a flurry over the weekend and among the bills passed that now await the governor's signature is one to legalize medicinal marijuana use. Minnesota will become the 22nd state to allow it, although the measure is one of the most restrictive in the nati ...Read More

PHOTO: The tiny white pests are the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, which can devastate entire stands of hemlock and are jeopardizing the health of Pennsylvania's state tree. Photo credit: Nicholas Tonelli/Wikimedia Commons

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WARREN, Pa. - What started as a chance sighting during a brush with nature last summer has led to a deeper understanding that Pennsylvania's state tree is at major risk. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is a tiny bug that clamps onto hemlock trees and can be moved from place to place by birds, human activ ...Read More

PHOTO: Cenia Friare, right, recently registered to vote for the first time and hopes other naturalized citizens living in Michigan will follow her lead. Photo courtesy Michigan United.

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DETROIT - With uncertainty surrounding the fate of comprehensive immigration reform measures, one group is leading an all-out push to encourage legal residents to take the next steps and enjoy the permanent protections and rights that come with U.S. citizenship. Detroiter Cenia Fraire came to the U ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana's Colstrip Generating Facility is owned in part by electric utilities serving Washington customers. Environmental groups say those ratepayers are on the hook for costs related to the plant's massive coal ash waste ponds. Photo credit: David T. Hanson for Montana Environmental Information Center.

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SEATTLE - Many Washington homes and businesses use power generated by burning coal, although the power plants aren't located in the state. A new report from the Sierra Club and Earthjustice focuses on coal ash waste and the trouble it is causing - not only for the environment, but for ratepayers. I ...Read More

PHOTO: Zion National Park officials are cracking down on park-goers using camera drones, who may not realize they're not allowed in the park and are disturbing wildlife and people. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

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SPRINGDALE, Utah - Drones being used to capture video and take pictures are being blamed for harassing wildlife and people at Zion National Park. Aly Baltrus, the park's public information officer, said there have been several complaints in recent weeks about camera drones causing a disturbance. " ...Read More

PHOTO: Jim Doyle shares his locally grown produce with the Bread for the Journey food pantry in Warren. Volunteers 50 and older are digging in to help combat food insecurity that affects about 15 percent of Maine residents. Photo courtesy ENCorps.

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BANGOR, Maine - Food insecurity is a problem that affects about 15 percent of Maine's population. It means people do not have access to enough nutritious food on a daily basis. A program involving volunteers age 50 and older is digging in to help. The ENCore Leadership Corps each year trains about ...Read More

PHOTO: Citing a possible fish die-off because of drought, Nevada wildlife officials are lifting fishing catch limits at Wild Horse and Willow Creek reservoirs. Photo courtesy Nevada State Parks.

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CARSON CITY, Nev. - Severe drought has led to the lifting of catch limits for fishermen at two northern Nevada reservoirs, state wildlife officials say. Fishing limits are no longer in place at Wild Horse and Willow Creek reservoirs, said Chris Healy, public information officer for the state Depart ...Read More

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