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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: February 14, 2020

At a Denver hearing last week, WildEarth Guardians submitted a petition signed by 15,000 Americans who oppose federal changes to the National Environmental Policy Act. (sierraclub.org)<br />

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Despite potential negative consequences for Western states, only one more public hearing is scheduled on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA. Federal officials got an earful in Denver on Tuesday over the controversial changes. The law requires a majo ...Read More

Judges are supposed to consider ten factors, including a person's ability to pay, when setting bail. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Civil liberties advocates say Philadelphia courts aren't following the rules for the use of cash bail, which is keeping people in jail just because they're poor. In the latest briefs filed in a 2019 class-action lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has aske ...Read More

Florida is a closed-primary state, where only people registered as Republicans can vote in Republican primaries, and only those registered as Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries. (Ken Jones/Flickr)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With Florida's online voter registration deadline quickly approaching, voting rights groups want state officials to ensure they'll be transparent about their plans to troubleshoot any potential problems. The groups - which include the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida a ...Read More

North Dakota has required photo identification of its residents to cast election ballots since 2004. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- Years of legal wrangling between the state of North Dakota and American Indian tribes appear to be over. The two sides have reached a settlement over enforcement of a voter ID law. The statute requires residents to provide a street address in order to cast a ballot, but tribal lea ...Read More

The Twin cities added 2,365 affordable units in 2018, a number that is considered well below the pace to meet current needs. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Elected officials and social-service groups are pledging to make affordable housing a priority in the Twin Cities. But one agency says the metro area could see even greater numbers of people needing help with housing. The Metropolitan Council estimates that roughly 250,000 househ ...Read More

A bill in the Iowa Legislature would require landlords to disclose monthly utility costs before renting out a unit, but unlike similar laws, would not require that they make energy-saving upgrades. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Landlords of larger apartment complexes in Iowa would have to disclose monthly utility costs to potential renters, in a bill now in the state Legislature. The proposal has already cleared the Iowa Senate with bipartisan support and is now up for consideration in the House. It wo ...Read More

Algal blooms can cause fish kills and produce conditions that are dangerous to humans. (smspsy/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Drastic cuts to clean water programs in the Trump administration's proposed national budget would be a big loss for the Great Lakes, according to groups that advocate for water quality. The budget proposal would maintain the current level of funding for the Great Lakes Restoration I ...Read More

An estimated 20 million Americans do not receive pay statements from their employers. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With Valentine's Day landing on a Friday, some people might be more interested in getting their paycheck than receiving flowers or chocolate. Roughly half of all employees in the United States are paid on Fridays, but some don't get a paystub to go along with their pay. Ohio is on ...Read More

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