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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.


2021Talks - June 23, 2021 


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 16, 2021

A recent Government Accountability Office report found more than 80% of nursing homes were cited for infection prevention failures, including washing hands in between patients, before the pandemic. (Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Advocates for nursing-home residents are pushing back against a proposal to give broad immunity for businesses that may face lawsuits connected with the coronavirus pandemic. So far, more than 1,000 people living in Nebraska's long-term care facilities have died of COVID-19. Nursi ...Read More

Medical aid in dying requires two health-care providers to confirm the patient is mentally sound and has six months or less to live due to terminal illness, not because of age or disability. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Medical-aid-in-dying laws that allow terminally ill individuals to end their lives peacefully using medication have passed in at least ten states, and Kentucky lawmakers are now considering similar legislation. Rep. Josie Raymond, D-Louisville, introduced House Bill 506 last week, ...Read More

A case involving donor disclosure requirements will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this spring. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Lawmakers in at least three states, including Tennessee, have introduced bills that would bar public agencies from publicly disclosing information about nonprofit donors, and experts say donor disclosure issues remain under-the-radar but could have major implications. Jerrick Ad ...Read More

A new report looking at federal investigations of wage and hourly standards on U.S. farms shows most cases result in violations. It says the pace of investigations is slowing, potentially leaving more migrant workers vulnerable. (Adobe Stock)

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AMES, Iowa -- An arctic blast has left all of Iowa frozen in recent days, but the spring planting season is inching closer. A new report suggests those who work on farms still face obstacles when it comes to workplace protections, and some of the Iowa data isn't pretty. The nonpartisan Economic Po ...Read More

Industry groups warn banning new oil and gas leases on public lands will cause significant drops in state tax revenues in Wyoming and seven other western states, and lead to the loss of more than 55,000 jobs. (Snappy Goat/Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Western Energy Alliance sued to block the Biden administration's moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands, but conservationists say the move is long overdue. Jayson O'Neill, spokesperson for the watchdog group Accountable.US, said companies have been stockpiling le ...Read More

Wildlife protection groups say despite promising numbers in certain regions, America's gray wolf population has not recovered enough to allow hunting of the animal. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin officials are quickly throwing together a week-long wolf hunt for the end of the month, following a new court ruling on the long-debated issue. It comes despite concerns from a state agency and wildlife groups about the timing. In early January, the gray wolf was removed ...Read More

Montana ranchers say they've taken a hit because the United States lacks accurate country-of-origin labeling. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Ranchers want to bring truth-in-labeling back for beef and pork in Montana. A proposal in the Montana Legislature would ask retailers to put up signs in front of beef and pork that clarifies the product was born, raised and processed in the United States. Otherwise, the meat would ...Read More

The Biden administration has reopened the Health Insurance Marketplace for people who lost health insurance during the pandemic to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (HHS)

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- It was originally nicknamed "Obamacare." But a lot of people are now calling it "Bidencare," because President Joe Biden has reopened the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help Arizonans and others who lost health insurance during the pandemic. Registration for coverage through the Hea ...Read More

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