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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 8, 2021

Kentucky farmers receive on average $2,013 for participating in the state's Farms to Food Banks program. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- As the food-insecurity crisis continues, Kentucky growers are stepping in to fill the void. Last year 371 farmers participated in the state's Farms to Food Banks program, and advocates say a funding boost could help feed more families at a time when many are facing financial hards ...Read More

Black and Indigenous women die at rates three to four times the rate of Caucasian women due to pregnancy-related causes. (Wikimedia Commons)

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BOSTON -- Massachusetts members of Congress are among the sponsors renewing the push to pass the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act. It would expand federal research and investment into the public health impacts of structural racism and require the federal government to take a public health approach ...Read More

Agriculture experts say

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MADISON, Wis. -- As brutal cold grips the upper Midwest, some farm animals are getting protection from the wind in forested settings. They're being raised through a form of sustainable agriculture that's gaining attention in Wisconsin. Ag researchers say "silvopasture" has long been popular in Eur ...Read More

Sherylon Hughes, a certified nurse's aide at a Bellingham nursing home, says the facility where she works is just one in the state in

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Nursing-home workers are urging lawmakers in Olympia not to make funding cuts to their facilities. Funding for Washington state nursing homes has fallen short by more than $100 million, according to the state Department of Social and Health Services. Inside nursing homes, the l ...Read More

Iowa is one of nearly a dozen states that exempts casinos from smoking bans. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The risks facing health-care providers, retail staff and public service employees during the COVID-19 crisis have brought renewed focus on workplace safeguards. In Iowa, there is a push to add protections for a certain class of hospitality workers. The state's 2008 law that pro ...Read More

A new report says last year, Minnesotan seniors accounted for more than half a million food shelf visits. (Adobe Stock)

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MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- Food shelves across Minnesota are seeing much more demand from older residents, according to newly released hunger data for the region. But advocates say food insecurity in this age group was already trending higher before the pandemic. The group Hunger Solutions Minnesota sai ...Read More

Libraries have been able to provide services such as internet access and space for telemedicine appointments during the pandemic. (littlewolf1989/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- Libraries across the country have provided critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic, even when their doors closed, and the institutions hope Congress won't leave them behind on relief. Lisa Rosenblum, executive director of the King County Library System, said her libraries have con ...Read More

Data show a slight uptick in marijuana-related traffic accidents in Ohio in 2020. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio mom whose daughter was killed in an accident caused by a marijuana-impaired driver is making it her mission to spare other families from a similar tragedy. Corinne Gasper's 22-year-old daughter Jennifer was driving to work in 2012 in the early hours of the morning, when he ...Read More

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