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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 8, 2020

Hunters for the Hungry volunteers deliver venison and other foods to families in need. (Tennessee Wildlife Federation)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hunting season is under way. And for the holidays, hunters can help families who have been economically hard-hit by the pandemic put food on the table by donating whole deer. One in 7 Tennesseans struggles with food insecurity, and the COVID-19 recession is expected to worsen t ...Read More

Providers say mental health and substance-use services are even more critical during the pandemic, with more Mainers experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Maine -- Some mental health and substance-use providers in Portland may need to cut down on services in the midst of the global pandemic after a ballot initiative passed in the city that requires employers to pay time-and-a-half in hazard pay during states of emergency. Malory Shaughness ...Read More

Thirty-three percent of working women between the ages of 23 and 39 say school and day-care closures are a significant reason for not working, compared with just 11.8% of men. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, women in Nebraska and across the U.S. have left the workforce in unprecedented numbers. And a new report suggests a full economic recovery will not be possible unless steps are taken to help women get back on the job. Nicole Mason, pres ...Read More

Engineers recently restored an unnamed stream on the campus of Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. (Paula Worden)

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FEYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- In recent years, hurricanes and other powerful storms have taken their toll on many of North Carolina's college campuses. One college in Fayetteville has decided to undertake major stream-restoration work on its campus and says the project sets an example of environmental stewa ...Read More

This fall, South Dakota became the first state to endorse two marijuana ballot questions in the same election. However, there are still deep divisions over whether to move forward on legalizing the drug. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- Questions remain about the future of recreational marijuana in South Dakota despite a constitutional amendment approved by voters. With Republicans still opposed, a political expert says their response might signal how other "red" states will deal with future scenarios. In November ...Read More

Immigration groups are calling for a halt to deportations while the new administration decides whether or how to unwind President Donald Trump's strict immigration policies. (svetazi/Adobestock)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Groups that fight for immigrants' rights are pressing for a path to citizenship in the wake of a new federal court ruling forcing the Trump administration to start taking applications again for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program has been in li ...Read More

Enbridge's proposed tunnel would replace the existing dual Line 5 pipelines crossing the Straits of Mackinac. (AdobeStock).

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LANSING, Mich. -- A dozen organizations are calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject plans to construct an oil-pipeline tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. An online hearing was held Monday on Enbridge's permit application for the tunnel, which would replace the existing Line 5 pipeli ...Read More

Reproductive-rights advocates fear the addition of a sixth conservative justice to the U.S. Supreme Court puts abortion rights in jeopardy. (winterbilder/Adobe Stock)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Reproductive-rights advocates say if the U.S. Supreme Court weakens or overturns Roe v. Wade, more women may seek abortion services in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers in Ohio have said they intend to limit access to abortions as much as possible, and West Virginia still has an abortion ban ...Read More

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