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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2021 


A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the U-S Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks voting right measure.


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The White House kicks off a child tax credit promotional blitz, Senator Schumer will call for a debate on election reform, and New York City gives ranked voting a shot for its mayoral primary.

Archive: February 10, 2021

Texas has the highest number of billion-dollar weather disasters and leads the United States in total cumulative costs from billion-dollar disasters since 1980, according to NOAA. (andrewtheshrew/Pixabay)

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HOUSTON -- The Biden administration has said it wants to prevent worst-case scenarios due to climate change, and Texas has several risks that need to be addressed. A 2020 study by Texas A&M University showed climate change threats for Texas in the next 15 years include warmer weather, more wildfire ...Read More

The High Desert Power Project in Victorville is one of three that chose to have forced outages last August, which contributed to last summer's blackouts. (Chanilim714/Wikimedia Commons)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) meets tomorrow to vote on contracts for more power generation, to avoid a repeat of last summer's blackouts. But clean energy advocates, speaking in a webinar hosted by the Clean Coalition, say it's unclear how much energy we n ...Read More

More than three quarters of college graduates in New Hampshire have student loan debt, nearly 25% more than the national average. (terovesalainen/Adobe Stock)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Americans owe more than $1.5 trillion in student-loan debt, and advocates for borrowers are calling on President Joe Biden and Congress to provide relief. The average New Hampshire college graduate leaves school owing nearly $40,000 dollars, according to the Institute for College A ...Read More

A bill in the Montana Legislature would overturn 11 local ordinances banning flavored vape products. (DedMityay/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Montana advocates fighting cancer are urging state lawmakers not to roll back anti-smoking policies this session. February is Cancer Prevention Month and volunteers are speaking with Montana legislators for Cancer Action Week this week. Kristin Page-Nei, Montana government relatio ...Read More

Opponents of a proposed bill in North Dakota that would limit transgender student participation in sports could cost taxpayers money because of the expected legal challenges. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- A North Dakota legislative committee has approved a measure that LGBTQ advocates said unfairly targets transgender athletes. This week, the House Human Services Committee advanced House Bill 1298, which effectively bars public high-school athletes who identify as transgender from ...Read More

If the End-of-Life Options Act is passed, Massachusetts will join 10 other jurisdictions across the country that have authorized medical aid in dying. (Photographee.eu/Adobe Stock)

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BOSTON, Mass. -- Groups advocating for terminally ill Massachusetts residents say a bill reintroduced this session, the End-of-Life Options Act, could give people autonomy over their death and relief from needless suffering. Lee Marshall, a Gloucester psychotherapist and former registered nurse, wa ...Read More

Nebraska ranks third nationally in industrial customers relying on electricity, largely generated by coal-fired power plants, mostly to power irrigation systems. (Jplenio/Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- New analysis from the financial giant Morgan Stanley projects coal will be all but eliminated from electricity generation in the U.S. by 2033, primarily because of falling prices for renewable sources including wind and solar. Patrice Tomcik, national field manager for the group Mo ...Read More

A bill which passed Virginia's House and is now being debated in the Senate would expand the state's electric-vehicle charging stations. (Adobe stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Following Virginia's landmark passage of the Clean Economy Act last year, four bills advancing to the state Senate would help make the Commonwealth more environmentally friendly by electrifying its transportation sector. Studies show cars and trucks are the leading cause of air pol ...Read More

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