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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: March 10, 2021

Those voicing concerns over how North Dakota is going about reworking its legislative boundaries say the process so far doesn't pass the transparency test. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Senate soon will take up a bill that outlines how the state will handle redistricting, but voter-advocacy groups are voicing concerns about language they say would shield the process from the public. The measure, House Bill 1397, which recently cleared the House, w ...Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 9, 2020. This week, he's getting an earful about it, pro and con, in the General Assembly. (Paul Becker/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - As Ohio marked the one-year anniversary of its COVID state of emergency, a hearing was held Tuesday on legislation to limit the governor's emergency powers. Under Senate Bill 22, the General Assembly could repeal public-health orders from the governor or the Ohio Department of Heal ...Read More

Extravaccinenotifier.com' is a free site that helps clinics and pharmacies reach people who are willing to rush down and receive last-minute leftover vaccine shots. (ExtraVaccineNotifier.com)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. - Several new websites have popped up to connect pharmacies or clinics with leftover doses of COVID-19 vaccine to people who want the shot. Last week, two companies, Force for Good and Sheer ID, launched the website extravaccinenotifier.com. So far, 16,000 people have signed up. ...Read More

Community groups are mobilizing to create standby lists so extra vaccine doses no longer go to waste.(Nomevizzualizato/Morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Multiple groups are scrambling to find ways to make sure precious COVID vaccine doses are used by the end of each day, instead of having to be thrown out. Some local clinics have resorted to vaccinating people who happen to be close at hand; others have their staff members hurr ...Read More

Animal-rights groups are using Wisconsin's recent over-harvest of wolves as an argument for the Biden administration to reverse a Trump administration decision to remove federal endangered-species protections for wolves. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. - On the heels of Wisconsin's first wolf hunt in several years, groups are calling for a lot more planning in future seasons, after hunters killed far more wolves than the state had intended. Last month's hunt was prompted by a court order after wolves were removed from the federal en ...Read More

The number of people fed by New York City food pantries and soup kitchens last year increased by 65% over 2019. (kuarmungadd/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK - State lawmakers and community activists are calling on New York to help eliminate hunger by raising taxes on corporations and the state's wealthiest residents. Because of the COVID pandemic, the state faces a $15 billion budget gap this year, and 4.5 million New Yorkers are struggling wi ...Read More

In addition to reducing early voting days, Iowa's new election law prohibits county auditors from doing blanket mailouts of absentee-ballot request forms. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's new law that makes several major changes for voters has been met with a lawsuit from a civil-rights group. When Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill, it was touted by Republican lawmakers as an election-integrity measure that, among other things, reduces early voting from 29 ...Read More

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