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PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2021 


A perfect storm is putting a strain on blood-bank supplies; Congress approves Juneteenth as a national holiday.


2021Talks - June 16, 2021 


Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Archive: March 5, 2021

Last fall, Kentucky Power proposed higher electric rates for more than 165,000 customers across 20 counties. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Community groups are banding together to push back against increasingly frequent rate hikes proposed by Kentucky utility companies. Each year, the Kentucky Public Service Commission receives hundreds of applications to change rates and services. Josh Bills, commercial energy spec ...Read More

In the 2019-2020 winter, Massachusetts beekeepers reported a 47% drop in colony numbers. (Vadim/Adobe Stock)

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BOSTON -- Massachusetts has some new rules to restrict the use of pesticides. Neonicotinoids, or 'neo-nics' for short, will no longer be found on retail shelves in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Pesticide Board Subcommittee made the decision to minimize harm to bees and other pollinators. Ma ...Read More

Unpasteurized milk presents certain health risks, according to public-health experts. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. -- A measure in Helena would give Montanans more freedom to buy food from neighboring farmers and ranchers, supporters say, but the bill is raising concerns among food-safety experts. Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, the sponsor of Senate Bill 199, owns a grocery store and said there's dema ...Read More

A new report calls for a big increase in Cal Grants, which would allow more students of color to attend college. (Quince Creative/Pixabay)

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LOS ANGELES - Two new reports highlight disparities in California colleges that put African-American students at a disadvantage. The study "Follow the Money" says California systematically underinvests in Black degree attainment, spending almost twice as much per student in the Cal State Universit ...Read More

Power bill blues? The average U.S. retail price for one Kilowatt-hour of electricity is 10.54 cents. But in Connecticut, it's 18.66 cents, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A rate hike that amounts to more than $12 for the average monthly household power bill in Connecticut is getting some pushback. The electric-rate increase request filed by Eversource Energy Monday is prompting groups to speak out against adding the charge to households already st ...Read More

A bill to increase diversity at Washington state community and technical colleges would bring more mental-health resources to campuses. (Davide Angelini/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - A measure in Olympia could make Washington state's community and technical colleges more diverse. Senate Bill 5194 aims to increase access for people of color and low-income communities, to promote racial equity in these schools. Isaac Tchao is a student fellow with Communities ...Read More

President Joe Biden's COVID relief package includes $160 billion to fund speedier vaccine distribution. (CBS4)

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DENVER -- Colorado advocates for children, low-income workers and other vulnerable populations are urging Congress to pass President Joe Biden's COVID relief package to address growing food and housing insecurity. The American Rescue Plan cleared the U.S. House and is now before the Senate. Fifty- ...Read More

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A controversial anti-rioting bill championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving quickly toward passage in the House, but is likely to stall in the Senate. Triggered by the mostly peaceful protests after the police killing of George Floyd, sponsor Rep. Danny Burgess - R-Zephyrhills ...Read More

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