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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


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 23, 2021

Since 2017, 45 states have considered bills restricting people's right to free assembly. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - As protests against racial injustice continue across the country, lawmakers in the Buckeye State are considering bills opponents say would have a chilling effect on free speech. They include House Bill 109, which had a hearing yesterday before the Ohio House Criminal Justice Commi ...Read More

Texas has both the nation's highest rate and total number of individuals who lack health insurance. (Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says if Texas wants the Medicaid waiver it was granted in the final days of the Trump administration, it would need to reapply. The Biden administration rescinded a 10-year extension of what's known as Texas' Medicaid 1115 Transformati ...Read More

Indiana is one of 13 states that recently lifted statewide mask mandates by gubernatorial order.(Adobe Stock)<br />

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INDIANAPOLIS - A bill adding more layers of approval for emergency public-health orders is now headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk. Critics of Senate Bill 5 say local health departments should have the autonomy to make decisions in the best interest of their residents, without seeking a green light ...Read More

Mass protests erupted last summer over the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In what's being described as a landmark verdict this week, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder for the 2020 killing of George Floyd. Kate Miller, advocacy director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky sees ...Read More

West Virginia's forests support more than 35% of the world's cerulean warblers, an endangered species. (Wikimedia Commons)<br /><br />

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As the nation faces what scientists call a mass extinction crisis, West Virginia environmental groups are hailing Congress's new Recovering America's Wildlife Act as a once-in-a-generation breakthrough to protect species at risk. At nearly $1.4 billion, the legislation boosts f ...Read More

Iowa consistently ranks low among all states for its gender pay gap, and almost 34% of female-headed households in the state live in poverty. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - The pandemic has disrupted plans for a secure financial retirement for many Americans, and financial experts say women face a more difficult recovery than men. Daniel Doonan, executive director of the National Institute on Retirement Security, said because women often work part- ...Read More

Washington state's Working Families Tax Credit is modeled after the Earned Income Tax Credit, which reached about 25 million taxpayers in 2020. (H_Ko/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington lawmakers have approved funding for the Working Families Tax Credit - more than a dozen years after it was initially passed. The program is modeled after the Earned Income Tax Credit at the federal level, and will provide an estimated 420,000 households tax rebates of b ...Read More

The Central Arizona Project pumps most of its water in the fall and winter months to the Lake Pleasant reservoir, northwest of Phoenix, where it is stored and distributed in the spring and summer across the state. (CAP)

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Four out of five Arizonans use water delivered to them across the state through the pumps, canals and reservoirs of the Central Arizona Project. In recent years, the CAP has found a more economical and environmentally friendly way to deliver these critical water supplies. The agency ...Read More

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