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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 26, 2021

According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the uninsured rate increased to 10.9% in 2019, and probably is higher now because of losses in coverage during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 790,000 Tennesseans have been infected with COVID-19, and more than 11,000 have lost their lives one year into the novel coronavirus pandemic. Health-care workers say the experiences of patients without health coverage during the pandemic should prompt lawmakers to consi ...Read More

State health officials say nearly 30% of Wisconsin residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Adobe Stock)

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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin has been expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations. As more residents gain access, outreach continues in urban and rural areas to provide reassurance about the safety and importance of getting a shot. This week, state health officials announced those 16 and older with c ...Read More

South Dakota officials say most residents could be eligible for a COVID vaccine later this spring. But public-health experts worry that false claims about vaccines could deter some people from signing up. (Adobe Stock)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A number of states are moving closer to expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to their general populations. But public-health experts warn that progress in places such as South Dakota could be hindered if false claims about vaccines keep spreading. Since vaccinations for the novel co ...Read More

Women's median weekly earnings for full-time work were $891 in 2020 compared with $1,082 for men. (nito/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK - Last year on average, women working full-time were paid almost 18% less than men, a gender pay gap that grows much larger for Black and Hispanic women. Wednesday was Equal Pay Day, marking the number of extra months and weeks women have to work to catch up to the amount men were paid la ...Read More

Farmworkers can work 80-hour weeks, but aren't eligible for overtime pay. (David/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington state farmworkers could be poised to receive overtime pay under a measure in the Legislature. Senate Bill 5172 would phase in, starting with overtime pay for more than 55 hours of work per week in 2022 and would be completely implemented for more than 40 hours of work i ...Read More

Violence against Asian Americans has been increasing over the past year. (wachiwit/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE - In the wake of last week's killings in Atlanta, public service workers in Washington state are speaking out against hate aimed at Asian Americans. The Washington Federation of State Employees is calling on leaders to act to curb violence against Asian Americans. Quan Tran is president ...Read More

Food-distribution programs are eligible for the American Heart Association's Faith-Based Accelerator grants for worship groups on the East Coast. (Adobe stock)

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FAIRFAX, Va. - More and more people are turning to faith-based groups for help during the pandemic. In Virginia and other East Coast states, one organization is offering funding for faith-based community projects that address urgent needs and disparities from the impact of the health crisis. The A ...Read More

Conservative lawmakers across the nation are responding to an executive order by President Joe Biden that bans discrimination based on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere. (Brett Sayles/Pexels)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Republicans in Congress and more than 20 state legislatures, including Florida, seek to ban trans athletes from competing in sports. The bills moving through Florida's Legislature appear to be on fast-track, with talk from insiders that the Senate version by Sen. Kelli Stargel ...Read More

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