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PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2021 


A perfect storm is putting a strain on blood-bank supplies; Congress approves Juneteenth as a national holiday.


2021Talks - June 16, 2021 


Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Archive: April 8, 2020

Asian-Americans in Minnesota say they've been discriminated against through verbal backlash, as well as poor service, as a result of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Advocates for Minnesota's Asian-American community say they're happy to see a new state helpline for discrimination incidents resulting from the pandemic. But one group says efforts shouldn't stop there. The state established the phone line this week for victims or witnesses, sin ...Read More

The Iowa Health Department says more than 10% of the state's novel coronavirus cases are nursing-home residents or staff members who work in the facilities. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Nearly nearly half of Iowa's COVID-19 deaths have been nursing-home residents, state health officials say. That's prompted more safety measures at these facilities, and a watchdog group says all states need to do more testing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Pre ...Read More

Dog owners are twice as likely to walk each day, but they walk an average of three minutes less than other daily walkers. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While Ohioans are asked to stay home these days, health experts say that doesn't mean staying put. April is Move More Month, which encourages people to create a daily walking routine that can put them on the road to good health. Dr. Michael Bess, vice president for health-care str ...Read More

Nearly 60% of U.S. post offices are located in ZIP codes that have either a single bank branch or none at all.  (MelissaMN/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many services of everyday life, including restricting hours at some banks. Postal workers see this as further proof that offering financial services at post offices is a good idea. Banking already is limited in many pa ...Read More

The Better Business Bureau of the MidSouth says that every day, Tennesseans are reporting new COVID-19-related scams, in which fraudsters attempt to steal money or personal information. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Phony websites claiming to sell face masks or fake COVID-19 test kits and emails peddling cures are just a few of the dozens of scams being fielded by law enforcement as the coronavirus pandemic continues. While scams offering free government money have been around for decades, ...Read More

Houlton Regional Hospital in rural Aroostook County had to announce pay cuts between 2% and 10% for high- and mid-level salaried employees last week, and one furlough day a month for hourly workers. (Houlton Regional Hospital)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Gov. Janet Mills has announced $10 million in state funding to help Maine hospitals struggling financially in the COVID-19 outbreak. Hospital officials say it's welcome -- but a drop in the bucket. At a Tuesday news conference, Mills said the supplemental financing is from the Mai ...Read More

Consumer groups are urging people who drive less during the COVID-19 pandemic to ask their insurance company for a rebate. (Lutgradio/Morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two car-insurance giants, Allstate and American Family Insurance, have just announced they'll refund $800 million to the drivers they insure. The companies say the rebates are possible because people are driving so much less during the COVID-19 crisis and, thus, collision clai ...Read More

Massachusetts is one of 19 states that requires a voter to have a specific reason in order to obtain an absentee ballot. (Svanblar/iStockphoto)

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BOSTON -- In light of the COVID-19 crisis, voting-rights groups want the state to make it easier to vote by mail. The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed a bill to make fear of going out in public due to COVID-19 a valid reason to request an absentee ballot. However, it only applies until Jun ...Read More

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