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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: January 29, 2021

Mining, the third-largest water-use sector in Nevada, takes up about 7% of the state's water withdrawals. (Wikimedia Commons)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Ahead of the Nevada legislative session starting next week, a coalition of progressive advocacy groups laid out its priorities to make sure all Nevadans have the tools they need to get through the pandemic and thrive beyond it. Issues range from building up public services to cri ...Read More

Even though previous efforts have run into roadblocks, transgender advocates in South Dakota say they're tired of having to fight legislation they view as hostile toward their community. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. - Advocates for the transgender community continue to speak out against a bill that would block South Dakotans from changing the sex designation on their birth certificates. The measure cleared the lower chamber of the Legislature earlier this week, despite being initially rejected by ...Read More

Formerly incarcerated individuals are quarantining at a motel in Durham, but some say they're being detained beyond the two-week period. (Adobe Stock)

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DURHAM, N.C. - Attorneys are seeking answers from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety about its pilot program that houses men being released from prison at a Durham motel so they can quarantine for two weeks. According to a letter recently sent to DPS officials by Emancipate NC, a legal ...Read More

Idaho Foodbank has increased its food distribution by 44% during the pandemic. (bravissimos/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho - A group of Idaho ranchers are riding to the rescue for people in need during the pandemic. Gem State companies are dedicating 100 meals that include beef every day of 2021 to the Idaho Foodbank, which will distribute the meals to its partner organizations across the state. John He ...Read More

Advocates say people with disabilities should be prioritized for vaccinations to prevent further damage due to increased isolation. (Pixabay)

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DENVER - People with disabilities in Colorado are among those at greatest risk of suffering from depression or other mental-health conditions during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Candie Burnham, executive director of the advocacy group Atlantis Community, said people with disabilities can experi ...Read More

Starry stonewort, first detected in Minnesota in 2015, is among the aquatic invasive species the state is trying to contain. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - As efforts continue to protect Minnesota's vast network of lakes and rivers from invasive species, some proposals to build on the state's response are getting attention. In his new budget plan, Gov. Tim Walz is asking for a slight increase in a watercraft registration fee - round ...Read More

In 2019, Oregon's mega-dairies produced 6.5 billion pounds of waste, according to the Stand Up to Factory Farms Coalition. (Lynn Ketchum/Oregon State University)

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SALEM, Ore. - Critics say big dairy farms produce a massive amount of waste and pollution, and bills in the Oregon Legislature would hit pause on these facilities. The measures place a moratorium on licenses for dairy operations with more than 2,500 cows. Emma Newton is the Oregon organizer for Fo ...Read More

The For the People Act, if passed, will include campaign finance reforms and mandate independent commissions to draw voting district maps. (freshidea/Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Good-government groups in Missouri say that a major democracy reform package, HR1 - or the For the People Act - would bring the state's voting laws up to speed with the rest of the nation. Denise Lieberman - the general counsel of the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition - not ...Read More

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