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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 25, 2021

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is reimagining ways to grow food in cities, inspired by urban gardens in the 1960s and 70s. (espiegle/Adobe Stock)

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By Ruth Terry for Yes! Media. Broadcast version by Lily Bohlke for Michigan News Connection reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service Collaboration DETROIT -- Last December, nonprofit executive director Malik Yakini received an unexpected call. The caller, a woman who resides in California, ...Read More

Approval voting allows voters to choose all the candidates they support, rather than just one. (3desc/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- An effort in Washington's largest city aimed at making elections better reflect the will of voters is getting some new funding. The Center for Election Science is making a $70,000 grant to Seattle Approves, and four other groups around the country. Seattle Approves wants to change the c ...Read More

Resources are available online for parents feeling overwhelmed from the pandemic. (116 & West)

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BOISE, Idaho -- With the stress from the pandemic raising concerns about child abuse and neglect, Idaho organizations are coming together to offer parents support. This week, a two-year-old died in an alleged abuse case in Garden City, near Boise. Speakers from Saint Luke's Health System and Idaho ...Read More

DFL leaders want Minnesota to become the tenth state in the U.S. to adopt a paid family-leave fund. Washington, D.C., also has such a plan. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A bill advancing in the Minnesota House would establish a statewide paid family-leave program. It's not the first time lawmakers have considered the idea, but backers say the timing is right to help households upended by the pandemic. House File 1200 would create a statewide fun ...Read More

Legal Services of North Dakota says one reason it helps low-income households with free income-tax preparation is so they don't pay high fees for a firm to do the work, negating any tax refund they might receive. (Adobe Stock)

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BELCOURT, N.D. -- Despite the recent arctic blast and ongoing challenges of the pandemic, a North Dakota group is reaching out in tribal areas to help low-income residents complete their tax returns. Legal Services of North Dakota is again partnering with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provi ...Read More

More than 85% of the energy Nevada consumes is from out-of-state fossil fuels, despite having the highest solar-energy potential in the nation. (srongkod/Adobe Stock)

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RENO, Nev. -- In the wake of the devastating power-grid failure in Texas, energy and climate scientists are urging Nevada to prepare its own power grid for extreme weather events happening more often due to climate change. Dylan Sullivan, senior scientist for the Climate and Clean Energy Program at ...Read More

The planned Navajo Energy Storage Station would use water from Lake Powell on the Arizona-Utah border to generate hydropower and sell it to cities in Arizona, California and Nevada. (TebNad/Adobe Stock)

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PAGE, Ariz. -- Federal regulators have issued a preliminary permit for a pumped-hydropower project using water from Lake Powell, but conservation groups say climate change could make the plan unsustainable. The project would pump water from the lake, drain it downhill to a generator, and send the p ...Read More

The Oregon Attorney General's office advises that people do not have to pay for COVID-19 vaccines. (rafalbloch/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- COVID-19 vaccines have brought hope there's an end in sight for the pandemic, but Oregonians are being warned to watch out for scammers looking to exploit the good news. Ellen Klem, director of consumer outreach and education for the Oregon Attorney General, said she's grateful th ...Read More

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