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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.


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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 25, 2021

Bills that would restrict transgender students from competing in high school sports have surfaced in several states this spring, including North Dakota. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers have been revising a controversial bill concerning transgender students competing in high school sports. LGBTQ advocates said sponsors have responded to complaints about the proposal, except from those who fear the most backlash. House Bill 1298 would preve ...Read More

Democrats enthusiastically embraced early voting in 2020, but legislation proposed by Texas Republicans would restrict it for future elections. (revuptexas.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A bill to make it harder for Texans to vote in future elections is scheduled to be heard by the Texas Legislature today. Senate Bill 7 would make the state's already restrictive voting rules even tighter. Dan Quinn, senior communications specialist for the Texas Freedom Network, s ...Read More

According to the International Energy Agency, electricity generation from renewables will increase by 50% in the next five years. Student leaders in Florida hope their universities will commit to using them in the next two decades. (Adobe Stock)

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Student-government leaders from several Florida universities want their schools to commit to using 100% renewable energy. This week, the student government association at the University of South Florida (USF) passed a resolution asking all power for the school come from renewable sou ...Read More

Students from multi-generational families who studied at home during the pandemic may be putting their grandparents at risk now that Arizona is returning to in-class studies. (studio romantic/Adobe Stock)

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- As Arizona classrooms begin reopening this week, students and educators seem equally enthusiastic over a return to in-school learning. But there is concern that children from disadvantaged or multigenerational families could bring COVID-19 home to older, more vulnerable family memb ...Read More

Extending maternal Medicaid to 12 months gives access to critical care such as screenings for postpartum depression. (Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Child and maternal health advocates urged Pennsylvania to take advantage of an opportunity to extend coverage for new mothers on Medicaid. The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates of any industrialized country. But Medicaid usually only provides postpart ...Read More

Twenty states and the District of Columbia automatically restore a person's right to vote once they're released from prison. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington lawmakers could restore voting rights for people after they've been released from prison. House Bill 1078 would allow people convicted of a felony who are not in confinement to be eligible to cast their ballots. Christopher Poulos, executive director of the Washington ...Read More

The Long-Term Care Trust Act will allow Washingtonians to claim up to $100 a day in care benefits. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A measure in the Washington Legislature would expand the state's innovative model for affordable long-term care. The Long-term Care Trust Act, passed in 2019, creates a trust fund for Washingtonians through a payroll premium that collects 58 cents for every 100 dollars earned; the ...Read More

The Line 5 pipelines run as deep as 270 feet below the surface of the Straits of Mackinac. (Justin BillauFlickr)<br />

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LANSING, Mich. -- Some Michigan business leaders are sounding the alarm on what they said are efforts to undermine the governor's order to shut down Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline. The Canadian company was given until May 12 to cease operations of the 68-year-old pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. A ...Read More

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