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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.

Public News Service - CO: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

School closures in Colorado led to the loss of free and reduced-price school meals for more than 350,000 students. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- More than 37% of Coloradans currently are struggling to afford food, compared with 11% during the Great Recession, and hunger-fighting advocates are calling on Congress to extend food assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Ellie Agar, communications director for Hunger Free Colorado,

During the last recession, 40,000 Colorado children fell into poverty, and the state's child poverty rate did not return to pre-recession levels for five years. (PxHere)

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DENVER -- Children's advocates are urging Colorado's U.S. Senators -- Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet -- to move quickly to pass

Workers are 15 times more likely to put away money for retirement if they have access to a workplace retirement savings plan. (401kcalculator/Flickr)

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DENVER -- More than 900,000 Colorado workers soon will have access to a retirement savings plan through their workplace. Senate Bill 200 recently cleared the Colorado Legislature. Kelli Fritts, associate state director of advocacy for AARP Colorado, said the measure will help the state avoid what

Census numbers determine how the federal government distributes taxpayer dollars to states for education, food assistance, health care, housing and many children's programs. (U.S. Census Bureau)

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DENVER --The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way nonprofits delivering in-home early-childhood development programs connect with families. As the deadline for the 2020 census draws nearer, Heather Tritten, executive director at Parent Possible, said her group's home visitors are reaching out to

The U.S. Census Bureau has extended the deadline for collecting data to Oct. 31 because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (US Census Bureau)

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DENVER -- Colorado's foundations are going all in on efforts to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 census, and with daily life upended by the coronavirus pandemic, the call is out for creative ways to engage all Coloradans in the once-a-decade tally. The Denver-based NextFifty Initiative is hand

The 2020 census has suspended field operations, but forms still can be filled out online at 2020Census.gov, over the phone by calling the number provided in your invitation, and by paper through the mail. (Pixabay)

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STERLING, Colo. -- The census is supposed to be a complete count of everyone in the country, but people always are missed, and rural residents tend to be undercounted more frequently than others. State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, who represents some two-thirds of the state's eastern plains,

Schools and food pantries across Colorado are making boxes of food available to families in need during the COVID-19 crisis. (Billy Brown/Flickr)

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DENVER -- School closures are affecting more than 700,000 students across Colorado, and schools, nonprofits and community groups are working together and getting creative to ensure that they can continue to get nutritious meals during the COVID-19 crisis. Paola Babb, community engagement and child

In 2016, census numbers were tapped to calculate and deliver more than $13 billion for Colorado programs, roughly $2,300 per resident. (Pixabay)

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DENVER -- The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, but immigrant rights advocates say the controversy has created a chilling effect that could lead to an undercount. Ananiya Asrat, a volunteer with the Colorado People's All

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