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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 14, 2021

More than 95 Maryland organizations say police accountability laws need to include more external community oversight. (Adobe stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland is receiving national praise as the first state in the nation to repeal its police bill of rights and enact other police accountability measures, but a coalition of criminal-justice reform groups says the moves don't go far enough to curb police misconduct. At the ACLU of ...Read More

The new COVID guidance makes masks mandatory at all times in public schools, but only recommends that schools

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NEW YORK - As public-school students return to classrooms in New York, the state health department has new guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools. In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its federal pandemic guidelines for schools, and now New York's Depa ...Read More

According to a new report by the Marie Christie Foundation, one in five college faculty members has had one-on-one discussions with a student about that student's mental well-being. (Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Emotional distress among college students is on the rise, and a new report says faculty members want more mental-health training to help those who may be in crisis. In the survey of a dozen college campuses, 87% of faculty think student mental health has worsened since the pandemi ...Read More

Critics are concerned a bill allowing NorthWestern Energy to buy more Colstrip energy could pass on costs of more than $700 to each ratepayer annually. (Rachel Cernansky/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. - Most Montanans are opposed to a bill that would allow NorthWestern Energy to buy greater shares in units at the Colstrip power plant, according to a new survey. Commissioned by Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund, the poll found 61% of respondents are against Senate Bill 379, ...Read More

A new report says raising Ohio's minimum wage to $15 by 2026 will create $4.9 billion in annual earnings for the state's workforce overall. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new report makes the case that Ohio workers deserve a higher minimum wage. According to Policy Matters Ohio, nearly 30% of Ohio's workforce - or 1.5 million people - would benefit from raising the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. Ohio's current minimum wage is 8.80 an ...Read More

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