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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 7, 2021

AmeriCorps engages approximately 75,000 men and women in intensive service each year at more than 21,000 locations across the country. (snc.gov)
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AUSTIN, Texas -- A university in the Texas Panhandle is partnering with area high schools, community colleges and other organizations to generate more career opportunities through the AmeriCorps program. West Texas A&M University said collaboration with AmeriCorps will encourage young people to bui ...Read More

An Iowa faith leader says the nation's overall history with racism played a role in Wednesday's riots at the U.S. Capitol. (Adobe Stock)

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NEW HAMPTON, Iowa -- In the wake of Wednesday's riots at the U.S. Capitol, an Iowa pastor said the country needs to fully address its past so it can move on from tensions he feels are tied to white privilege. From social media to political commentators, observations were made about how the mostly-w ...Read More

The U.S. Capitol steps were the scene of violent protests on Jan. 6 over Congress' acceptance of states' Electoral College results. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Lawmakers vowed to complete their official acceptance of states' electoral votes last night, after protestors delayed the process in Congress that confirms President-elect Joe Biden's win. The angry mob surrounded and breached the U.S. Capitol, in protests that left one person d ...Read More

In just four years of use, dicamba has damaged at least five million acres of soybeans, decimated fruit orchards and vegetable farms, and damaged trees, backyard gardens and natural areas throughout much of rural America. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Public-interest groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the agency's re-approval of products containing dicamba, a herbicide controversial for its tendency to drift into neighboring fields and damage farmers' crops and homeowners' gardens. Last fall, the ...Read More

More than 230 Montanans died by suicide in 2020. (Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Suicide takes a heavy toll on Montana. In this session, lawmakers are considering efforts to strengthen the state's Suicide Prevention Program. House Bill 70 is in front of the House Health and Human Services Committee today. It would modernize the prevention program and revise th ...Read More

Nebraskans who lost jobs through no fault of their own because of the coronavirus pandemic are posting their stories at 'essentialnebraska.com.' (Coalition for a Strong Nebraska)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's 107th Legislature kicked off yesterday, and a coalition of some 100 nonprofits have launched a new online portal to connect lawmakers with Nebraskans experiencing unprecedented economic hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Laurie Ponce Lage, directo ...Read More

Many members of Congress from Oregon reacted in anger to protesters breaching the U.S. Capitol. (Navin75/Flickr)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday while Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 election. The pro-Trump crowd was in Washington D.C. to oppose the election's outcome. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, was in the Senate chamber when the proceedings were halted. H ...Read More

Conservationists say a new rule change will result in countless avoidable bird deaths. (Vadym/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Conservationists hope to overturn a last-minute rule change by the outgoing Trump administration they say drastically undermines protections for migratory birds. The final rule, announced Tuesday, would change enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It would shield the oil and ga ...Read More

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