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PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


Florida's Republican lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to pass the so-called "anti-riot" bill; disturbing police camera video of the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago.


2021Talks - April 15, 2021 


With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate takes up anti-Asian American hate crimes legislation, and President Biden officially announces a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Archive: December 4, 2020

Illinois lawmakers passed the Reproductive Health Act in 2019 to ensure continued access to reproductive health, including abortion, regardless of federal court precedent. (Wikimedia Commons)

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CHICAGO -- Reproductive health providers in Illinois are preparing for an influx of patients if the 6-3 conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Ten states currently have abortion "trigger laws", meaning abortion bans or restrictions that are unenforc ...Read More

If you're slammed with COVID-19-related medical bills, Legal Services of North Dakota says it's important to take action right away. This includes applying for help or working out payment plans with creditors. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- As COVID-19 hospitalizations grow, so do the medical bills at a time of economic struggle for many families. But people can take steps to shield themselves from insurmountable debt. According to state health officials, overall coronavirus cases are slowing but hospitalizations rem ...Read More

Eight in 10 respondents to an AARP North Dakota survey say it should be legal for states to safely import affordable medications from other countries. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers have been tasked with a tall order in responding to the pandemic, which still will be on their plates when they return to session in January. One group hopes they'll make time for other issues as well. According to AARP North Dakota, the skyrocketing cost of ...Read More

Elaine Rasmussen is one of 50 Minnesotans 50 and older being recognized for their contributions to the state in 2020. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Rasmussen)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Public health officials have strongly advised older people to stay at home as much as possible to avoid COVID-19 infection, but some Minnesotans are proving social isolation doesn't mean they can't be active in creating solutions in a challenging time. This month, AARP Minnesota and ...Read More

Ohio National Guard members literally are doing a lot of heavy lifting this season, helping distribute more than 33 million pounds of food to families in need. (Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio soon could lose a key source of support in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through an emergency authorization, the federal government is funding 75% of the Ohio National Guard's COVID-19 response work through the end of the year. Roughly 1,800 National Guard members ar ...Read More

By a 60% margin, Arizona voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing the sale of marijuana and its derivative products for recreational use. (jdoms/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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PHOENIX -- Arizona's passage of Proposition 207 on Nov. 3 means people age 21 and older soon will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use. But backers of the new law say it also will give some Arizonans a measure of social justice. The initiative allows people with minor marijuana convictions ...Read More

Alex Lee, D-San Jose, will be sworn in on Monday as the first openly bisexual member of the California State Assembly. (Vanessa Hsieh)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The 2020 election is notable for the so-called "rainbow wave" of LGBTQ lawmakers elected for the first time, in California and across the country. For example, Todd Gloria is the first LGBTQ person and the first person of color to be elected mayor of San Diego, Susan Eggman fr ...Read More

Sea-level rise has been the main focus of Florida policymakers when it comes to climate change, but environmental groups are calling for a deeper analysis of wide-ranging impacts. (Pixabay)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- For the second year in a row, the group Florida Conservation Voters is calling on Florida's incoming legislative leaders to create a Joint Select Committee on Climate Change. According to the group, Senate President-designate Wilton Simpson, R-Citrus, and House Speaker-designat ...Read More

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