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PNS Daily Newscast - June 15, 2021 


Enbridge Energy wins a round on the Line 3 pipeline, but tribal activists say they'll keep fighting, and President Biden issues a warning to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.


2021Talks - June 15, 2021 


The U.S. has seen more than 270 mass shootings in 2021 as lawmakers argue over causes and strategies, President Biden previews his meeting with Vladimir Putin, and Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective.

Archive: February 9, 2021

If confirmed, New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland would be the first-ever Native American cabinet secretary. (Wikimedia Commons)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Conservationists in Maine say Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., will work to restore public lands and natural resources as Secretary of the Interior, if she's confirmed by the Senate. She would also be the nation's first-ever Native American Cabinet secretary, as an enrolled member of the ...Read More

For people unable to pay, court fees and fines can prolong their involvement in Tennessee's criminal-justice system. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennesseans charged with a crime often face a mountain of fees and fines, even if they aren't convicted. Critics say mandatory costs help pay for operating the criminal-justice system, but may simultaneously create new, indirect costs for governments, while trapping those who ar ...Read More

There are more than 5,000 types of PFAS chemicals, a portion of which are found in fast-food packaging. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- After McDonald's recent announcement it will stop using toxic chemicals called PFAS in its food packaging, health advocates are urging other major restaurant chains to do the same. McDonald's is the first major company to announce a PFAS phase-out. Danielle Melgar, "Zero Out T ...Read More

A bill in Congress could add 1 million apprenticeship opportunities in the United States. (auremar/Adobe Stock)
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Apprenticeships could play a key role in placing people in good-paying jobs, especially with high unemployment from the pandemic. An analysis from the Brookings Institution urged the U.S. to expand its apprenticeship offerings as the country recovers from COVID-19. Lou Long, appr ...Read More

Black youths are more than twice as likely to be arrested than their Caucasian peers. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. -- After a 14-year-old Black boy in North Carolina was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car in front of his home while repeatedly asking for his father, who was inside the home, the boy's family and community advocates are questioning local police protocol involving ...Read More

Animals can contract Chronic Wasting Disease through prions, which persist long after an infected animal dies by eating plants in contaminated areas. (PXhere)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming lawmakers are considering a proposal which would require a governor's order before any of the state's winter elk feedlots could be phased out. Jonathan Ratner, Wyoming director for the Western Watersheds Project, said the move ignores basic science, and warned it would mak ...Read More

South Dakota is one of 25 states that still allow the death penalty. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Senate has rejected a measure that would have limited the scope of the death penalty. Supporters felt the latest version would have appealed to most lawmakers, but opponents raised longstanding arguments about seeking justice for victims. The measure, which cleared ...Read More

The child-welfare system in West Virginia would face more than $23 million in budget cuts if West Virginia lawmakers get rid of the state's personal income tax. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, WV - Some of West Virginia's lawmakers are proposing abolishing the state's personal income tax during this year's legislative session, and social-services advocates say the move would be devastating for children and families. Jim McKay, state coordinator for Prevent Child Abuse West Vi ...Read More

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