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PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2021 


A perfect storm is putting a strain on blood-bank supplies; Congress approves Juneteenth as a national holiday.


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VP Harris meets with Texas lawmakers, Congress passes Juneteenth bill, Senate holds hearing on Women's Health Protection Act, and advocates rally for Paid Leave

Archive: February 19, 2021

Nearly 3 million Texas households were without heat or electricity this week due to a massive winter storm. (weather.gov)

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AUSTIN, Texas - Most extreme weather events in the U.S. have been on the hotter and wetter side in recent years, including fires and floods. But climate experts say the catastrophic winter storm in Texas is another example of global warming. Edward Maibach is the director of the Center for Climate ...Read More

Many agriculture experts argue competition law hasn't addressed increasing buyer power, especially in the seed, hog, livestock, poultry, and dairy industries. (Adobe Stock)

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Decades of unchecked mergers in the agricultural industry have left many farmers struggling, and rural advocacy groups says a proposal in Congress aims to change that. The "Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act" would give agencies like the Federal Trade Commission ...Read More

Late last year, many hospital systems, including several in Minnesota, were overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Grant programs are now available for the families of staff members who died after contracting the virus. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Healthcare workers have often been called heroes during the pandemic, but their advocates say the sentiment can be quickly forgotten by the public - including in some cases, their deaths. A Minnesota organization is honoring their sacrifice by helping their families. With the hel ...Read More

In 2012, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program was added in North Dakota. While a key focus is helping Veterans find stable housing, a new service helps them navigate health care. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. - A North Dakota group is now working to help low-income military Veterans find their way through the complex maze of health coverage. Health-care navigators say signing up for insurance or finding the right doctor can be intimidating for a lot of folks. But it can add even more anxiet ...Read More

In 2020, the Chicago area saw an employment drop of more than 30%. Thousands of the city's hospitality workers were laid off. (Unite Here Local 1)

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CHICAGO - Legislation pending before the Chicago City Council would require hotels to reinstate workers who were laid off because of the pandemic to their former positions, before hiring outside replacements. Thousands of hospitality workers have lost their jobs in Chicago, and more across the coun ...Read More

A new coalition has formed to address the fact that Black and Latino residents of Massachusetts have received comparatively fewer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine than white residents. (STOATPHOTO/Adobe Stock)

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BOSTON - This week, a new coalition of civil-rights, immigrant-justice and public-health groups has laid out a path toward more equitable vaccine distribution in the Commonwealth. More than 20% of Massachusetts' population is Black and Latino - including nearly a quarter of healthcare workers. But ...Read More

The building sector is the second-biggest carbon emitter in Washington state. (Dene' Miles/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE - While Washington state lawmakers consider a bill to clean up the energy that buildings run on, some cities and institutions already are leading the way. House Bill 1084 would put the state on a path to decarbonizing the building sector, the fastest-growing source of greenhouse-gas emissi ...Read More

Ohio is one of 28 states that still has the death penalty, but that could change. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio lawmakers from both parties and in both chambers are joining forces on a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. Sen. Nickie Antonio said she'll introduce legislation to replace execution as a punishment for murder with a sentence of life without parole. The Lakewood- ...Read More

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