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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: April 1, 2021

Small businesses employed 45% of Texas private-sector workers prior to the start of the pandemic, according to the Small Business Administration. (aarp.org)
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AUSTIN, Texas -- The pandemic has worsened the ability of Texans to save money, but a bill before the state Legislature could turn things around for those employed at a small business. A House committee took its first look Wednesday at the proposed "Secure Retirement Savings Program of Texas." If ...Read More

The Perry Nuclear Power Plant sits 40 miles east of Cleveland on Lake Erie. (Wainstead/CreativeCommons)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Parts of a bill embroiled in possibly the largest bribery scandal in Ohio history will soon be repealed. However, some groups say the job's not yet finished. Ohio energy customers were footing the bill for millions of dollars in subsidies for the state's two nuclear power plants u ...Read More

The view of water-surrounded downtown Swansboro, shown here in September 2019 at bottom right, reflects changes caused by Hurricane Florence a year earlier. (Mark Hibbs/SouthWings)

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By Jennifer Allen for the Coastal Review Online, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for North Carolina News Service RALEIGH, N.C. -- Twenty-five coastal communities will have money from the state to better prepare for natural hazards. The ...Read More

The Missouri state House voted 100-52 to exclude funding for Medicaid expansion from the state budget. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Despite a majority of Missourians voting for Medicaid expansion in last year's elections, Republican state House lawmakers have dropped the $130 million to fund it from the state budget. Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government would fund 90% of the cost of expan ...Read More

As the state moratorium on utility shut-offs ends, utility companies are set to start disconnecting residents who've been unable to pay their bills. (Valmedia/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- As a state moratorium on utility shutoffs comes to an end, more than 800,000 customers in Illinois are behind on their utility bills and potentially subject to having their service cut off. Consumer advocates urged residents to contact their utility companies as soon as possible, to find ...Read More

Some in North Dakota's health-care sector think the state should adopt a program connecting patients with care experts embedded in the community. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- A Legislative committee heard testimony this week on a way to improve health-care access and outcomes in North Dakota. Supporters of a resolution want the state to study the idea of deploying community health-care workers. Those calling for the idea say these workers can serve as ...Read More

Just like Black Americans, Black immigrants are more likely to be arrested, convicted and imprisoned than the immigrant population as a whole. (Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- As President Joe Biden works to make good on promises to overhaul federal immigration policy, a new guide released this week aims to help Nebraska's immigrant communities safely join the public debate. Dearra Godinez, director of legal services for the Immigrant Legal Center, said ...Read More

Even before COVID-19 health measures, 60% of people with disabilities reported experiencing mental-health challenges, largely due to social isolation. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- Colorado's disability community and supporters are applauding Gov. Jared Polis' move to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for people with Down Syndrome, people who have challenges wearing masks and people who receive direct in-home care. Now advocates are doubling down on efforts to reach peop ...Read More

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