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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: July 9, 2020

New projections suggest that as many as 750,000 Minnesotans will be experiencing food insecurity by the fall, meaning they're not always sure where their next meal is coming from. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota food banks and food shelves will see more funding come their way to help meet increased demand during the pandemic. According to a top aid group, the additional money helps -- but without more federal assistance, funding might dry up. Gov. Tim Walz announced that $12 ...Read More

If Nebraska expands Medicaid now, 94,000 people would gain coverage through October, bringing roughly $245 million in federal funding to the state. (Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- More than 100,000 Nebraskans have lost their job-related health insurance due to economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and pressure is mounting for state officials to finally implement the Medicaid expansion approved by voters in 2018. Sarah Maresh, staff attorney for the ...Read More

Lumina Foundation's goal is for 60% of Americans to have post-high-school educational credentials by 2025. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- New research finds more Americans have credentials beyond high school, but the country could pick up the pace on its education goals. In Lumina Foundation's latest report, A Stronger Nation, which tracks postsecondary attainment -- including college degrees and other high-quality ...Read More

Virginia and other states are facing pressure from the federal government to assess their approaches to budgeting for natural disasters. (Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker/U.S. Air Force)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- The summertime hurricane season has come to Virginia, and a new report shows how the Commonwealth funds its responses to natural disasters. According to the research from The Pew Charitable Trusts, Virginia uses a combination of mechanisms to make sure money is available to pay fo ...Read More

This Saturday's Portsmouth, N.H., rally would be President Donald Trump's third since the COVID-19 outbreak. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times/Creative Commons)

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold an outdoor rally in Portsmouth on Sat., July 11, and it's raising concerns among health experts. Dr. Ben Locwin, who consults with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19, said people have the right to express their ...Read More

In addition to expiring jobless benefits, economists say eviction rates are likely to soar because of the pandemic's ongoing effects. And in North Dakota, state law makes it easier for eviction cases to proceed. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. -- An anti-poverty group in North Dakota says extra federal unemployment benefits have shielded many laid-off workers from seeking assistance. But it acknowledged that things might change soon, and that existing challenges didn't come out of nowhere. There's been little indication that ...Read More

Pennsylvania's Democratic lawmakers say a

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HARRISBURG, Penn. -- As Pennsylvania reopens in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some state lawmakers are calling for action to ensure the economic recovery doesn't leave anyone behind. The pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption to the economy and threatened the welfare of everyone in t ...Read More

Reopening Pennsylvania schools may include social distancing, wearing masks and enhanced cleaning of school buildings and buses. (davit85/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Educators are calling on Congress to provide emergency funding to help public schools closed by the COVID pandemic reopen safely. Schools in counties in the 'yellow' and 'green' phases of reopening soon will be resuming in-person instruction and activities. But the economic im ...Read More

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