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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: February 11, 2021

In 2019, 8.4% of New Mexico youths in grades 9-12 slept away from their homes because they were kicked out, ran away or were abandoned, according to the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey. (sdyouthservices.org)

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SANTA FE, N.M. -- Family and economic problems combined with residential instability are often the cause of homelessness among youths. But in northern New Mexico, money for rapid rehousing is helping homeless providers get unhoused young people off the streets. In 2020, New Mexico was one of only ...Read More

Senior advocates say prescription-drug costs and challenges in building a robust retirement package are forcing more seniors to work in their golden years. They say this age group needs full access to jobless benefits amid the current crisis. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Studies show more older Americans face economic insecurity, and in Minnesota, some seniors say rules limiting their ability to collect unemployment make it harder to survive. Despite reform efforts in other states, Minnesota still has what's called an "offset law," which can reduce o ...Read More

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is adding 19 new buses this month. Some are electric and some are hybrid, as part of its effort to have an all-alternative-fuel fleet by 2035. (navee/Adobe Stock)
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RENO, Nev. -- Washoe County's transit fleet is getting greener, with 17 new hybrid electric-biodiesel buses, and two new electric buses this month. The additions bring the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) bus fleet to 80% electric or hybrid-alternative fuel. David Carr, fleet and facilitie ...Read More

About 67% of COVID 19 vaccines distributed to Indiana have been administered. (AdobeStock)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's vaccine rollout is rapidly evolving, and advocacy groups are working to make sure people who want the vaccine know how to get it. Indiana is following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for vaccine distribution by vaccinating residents in tiered prior ...Read More

Good-government reformers want Illinois to follow the example of states that have used citizen initiatives to establish independent commissions for redistricting in recent years. (bizoo_n/Adobe Stock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Republican lawmakers will propose a series of constitutional amendments they say would give residents a more direct voice in Illinois government, but which critics counter could give more political power to special interests. The three resolutions would open up the use of citiz ...Read More

Proponents of vaccinating homeless populations now say the move would limit the coronavirus' ability to develop and transmit dangerous new strains. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- Health experts are pressing Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to distribute COVID vaccines to Denver's homeless population, who have no other option but to shelter in large group settings. Danica Lee, deputy director for the Denver City and County COVID Response Team, said the risk of exposure fo ...Read More

Last year, about four in five Montanans who applied for plans through Healthcare.gov qualified for financial assistance. (megaflopp/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Montanans will have another chance to find low-cost health insurance starting Monday. Through executive order, President Joe Biden has reopened enrollment in the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Jeremy Smith, program director for Montana Navigator, a nonprofit that assists people ...Read More

The Market Match program gives people who qualify for food assistance an extra $10 to spend at farmer's markets.(SEE-LA)

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LOS ANGELES -- The fight against "food apartheid" in California got a boost this week as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to create a Food Justice Roundtable to explore ways to reduce hunger and make healthy food more accessible. One program doing just that is called Market Match, ...Read More

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