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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: April 16, 2021

Following Hurricane Harvey in Texas, at least 5.4 million donors gave about $774 million to 32 crisis response and aid groups, according to Charity Navigator. (doi.gov)

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HOUSTON - When the unexpected winter storm hit Texas in February, foundations, corporations and individual donors stepped up to help communities recover. And with climate change expected to increase the frequency of natural disasters, these contributions are more important than ever. The nonprofit ...Read More

Home caregivers want Washington state to raise their hazard pay to rates comparable with other essential workers. (toa555/Adobe Stock)
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SEATTLE - Home caregivers in Washington are urging the state to extend - and raise - hazard pay for their essential workforce. Caregivers have received an additional $2.50 per hour since last May because of increased federal funds that have gone to enhanced Medicaid provider rates. Tynesha Wilso ...Read More

National Healthcare Decisions Day with Dolores Huerta in English

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LOS ANGELES - Today, April 16, is the 8th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day - a day where health-care advocates encourage everyone to think about the kind of health care they'd want at the end of life. Now, civil-rights icon Dolores Huerta is speaking out in a pair of videos in English and ...Read More

Wildlife-protection groups say despite promising numbers in certain regions, America's gray wolf population has not recovered enough to allow hunting of the animal. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. - This week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began gathering public input on a new gray wolf management plan following the controversy over February's court-ordered wolf hunt. An advocacy group for the animal urges the public to speak up on multiple fronts amid concerns ...Read More

To be in compliance for an updated national suicide prevention line, South Dakota soon will require all residents to dial ten digits for local calls. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. - While it might seem like a nuisance, a looming requirement for local phone calls in South Dakota is being phased in as part of a public service. The state's Public Utilities Commission is asking residents to incorporate South Dakota's lone area code of 605 when making a local call, ...Read More

Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than are white women, according to the CDC. (Adobe stock)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Racial gaps persist in pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths across the state, and advocates say solutions to the problem lie beyond the doctor's office. According to the latest state data, 50% of maternal deaths were pregnancy-related in 2017, and 46% involved a substance-use ...Read More

The Environmental Bond Act will help New York communities keep drinking water clean and prepare for impacts of climate change. (James Casil/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK - In November of 2022, New York voters will have the chance to approve the largest Environmental Bond Act in the history of the state. Passed as part of the state's 2021-to-2022 budget, reauthorization of the Environmental Bond Act will provide $3 billion to upgrade water and sewer infras ...Read More

The American Rescue Plan ensures West Virginians have the option to buy health care for less than 8.5% of their income. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - April is Medicaid Awareness Month, and West Virginia health-care groups are hailing how the American Rescue Plan and a new state law are enhancing this critical safety net during the pandemic for millions. West Virginia's bipartisan House Bill 2266 just passed the state legisla ...Read More

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