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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: December 14, 2020

More than 4,000 homes were destroyed by wildfires in Idaho's neighboring state of Oregon this year. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- The West's intense wildfire season this year could be a taste of what the future holds, scientists predict. States like Oregon and California saw some of the biggest and most destructive fires in their history in 2020. Moji Sadegh, assistant professor of civil and environmental eng ...Read More

Supportive decision-making is seen as a less restrictive approach to helping people with disabilities and older people manage their lives. (M.Dorr & M.Frommherz/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- While traditional guardianship for an individual can be necessary, it also can restrict the choices they make in their lives. In Montana, a movement is afoot to provide less limiting options. Most of the folks under guardianship have disabilities or are older. Theresa Baldry, tran ...Read More

The Washington Environmental Health Disparity Map identifies communities highly impacted by environmental justice issues. (Washington State Department of Health)

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SEATTLE -- A new report lays out how Washington state's government can ensure environmental justice for people of all races. The Environmental Justice Task Force, convened last year, came up with 26 policy recommendations through community conversations. It includes the formation of an interagency ...Read More

People could reduce their carbon footprint by keeping their cell phones longer, rather than replacing them regularly with the

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- For holiday gift-seekers this season, one consumer group contends what's old can be new again. The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group released a guide for finding used electronics. Charlie Fisher, state director of the group, said the marketplace for refurbished electro ...Read More

President-elect Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by more than 30,000 votes in the Silver State, or just over 2%. (Lamar/Adobe Stock)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Electoral College meets today, and Nevada's six electoral votes are set to go to President-elect Joe Biden, despite attempts by the Trump campaign to overturn the results. The process is a reminder that when voters go to the polls, they're not voting for president, but for ...Read More

Five New Mexico counties that are home to 97% of the state's oil and gas wells are all at risk of violating federal ozone standards. (sciencemag.org)

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SANTA FE, N.M. -- Environmentalists in New Mexico celebrated progress made during the Obama administration to stop pollution from oil and gas. But President Donald Trump gutted those rules, and conservationists say that's why the state needs its own robust safeguards. Camilla Feibelman, director o ...Read More

Groups calling for election reform say the structure of voting, from state systems to the courts that protect them, still mostly works. They say the biggest current threat is state legislatures that might consider reducing access to voting. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Electoral College convenes today in another step to formally establish Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential race. But following the latest legal challenge on President Donald Trump's behalf, questions about faith in democracy persist. Three Minnesota Republican congre ...Read More

Only 70.8% percent of children in New York state had received all recommended doses of the seven-vaccine series by 35 months of age. (angellodeco/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- A new report shows New Yorkers have made progress in cutting down on smoking and getting more exercise, but the state is lagging in childhood immunizations. The 31st annual America's Health Rankings report shows in 2019, the percentage of New York adults who smoke dropped to under 13%, ...Read More

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