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PNS Daily Newscast - June 11, 2021 


We reflect and update as HIV/AIDS first came to national attention 40 years ago this month; and when it comes to infrastructure spending, bipartisanship isn't dead yet.


2021Talks - June 11, 2021 


President Biden offers up more COVID-19 vaccines to the world; Dems and GOP close in on an infrastructure deal; and Speaker Pelosi tries to quell a spat over the Middle East among Democrats.

Archive: April 13, 2021

Nationwide, roughly 60% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. In Missouri, it's closer to 80%. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Black women in Missouri are four times as likely to die during childbirth than white women, and during Black Maternal Health Week, reproductive-rights advocates want people to know many pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. April Mickens Jolly, vice president of health equity ...Read More

A package of sweeping changes to elections being considered by Texas lawmakers would prevent officials from mailing absentee ballot applications to voters. (brookings.edu)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas is a big and religiously diverse state, but faith communities say controversial voting bills before the state Legislature will disenfranchise both rural and urban voters. Texas Republicans last week advanced bills, House Bill 6 and Senate Bill 7, which would limit early-votin ...Read More

The drinking-water supply for an estimated 200 million Americans is likely contaminated with forever chemicals known as PFAS, according to the Environmental Working Group. (Adobe Stock)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is slated to receive $75 million to jumpstart toxicity studies of industrial chemicals called polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under President Joe Biden's recent budget proposal. The plan is part of a nationwide effort to clean up contam ...Read More

Elizabeth Cummings shared her experiences with her son, who has autism and a genetic disorder, through Montana Voices Amplified. (Wisam Raheem/Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities)

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HELENA, Mont. -- A project in Montana is raising up the experiences of people with disabilities and their families. Montana Voices Amplified provides a platform for people to speak about their daily lives. Ed Worrell, an assistive technology teacher who is blind, wrote with a hint of sarcasm about ...Read More

Tensions surrounding the Derek Chauvin trial were inflamed after a police officer in a suburb of Minneapolis fatally shot a Black man during a weekend traffic stop. Police say it appears to have been an accident, but activists say it could have been avoided. (Adobe Stock)

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- As testimony continues in the Derek Chauvin trial, the emotional pain felt by the Black community and racial justice advocates has reached new levels after a Black man was fatally shot by police in a Minneapolis suburb. President Joe Biden and state leaders responded Monda ...Read More

The issue of affordable medications saw plenty of debate this year in the North Dakota Legislature. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- Those calling for sweeping action to reduce prescription-drug prices in North Dakota saw mixed results this legislative session. One proposal was a price transparency bill. When a planned price hike exceeds 10% over one year or 40% over five years, the drug manufacturer would be r ...Read More

Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump failed on promises to secure funding to repair the 50-year-old Brent Spence Bridge spanning the Ohio River at Cincinnati. (Atony-22/Wikimedia Commons)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The White House is detailing its goals for improving Ohio's infrastructure through the American Jobs Plan. According to a fact sheet released Monday, Ohio has more than 1,300 bridges and nearly 5,000 miles of highway in poor condition that would benefit from the proposal's $115 bi ...Read More

A state Senate committee is considering two bills today to reduce air and water pollution from oil and gas facilities. (Leonid Ikan/Adobestock)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two bills to combat pollution from the oil and gas industry will get hearings today in Sacramento, but clean-air advocates say they don't quite go far enough. The state Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water will consider Senate Bill 47, which would greatly expand the ...Read More

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