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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: November 17, 2015

According to a new survey, 95 percent of Oregon educators say standardized testing takes up far too much school time. Credit: Taliesin/Morguefile.

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SALEM, Ore. – Some Oregon educators say the Smarter Balanced Assessment they're using to test students is neither "smarter" nor "balanced" enough. A new report issued by the Oregon Education Association (OEA) compiled survey responses from more than 1,200 Oregon educators, and found that 95 p ...Read More

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled to vote today on standardized testing. Credit: Alan Mark/Flickr.

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BOSTON – This week marks American Education Week, and the stage is set for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to take a vote today on the future of standardized testing. Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, is disappointed that the board th ...Read More

It pays to wait to take Social Security, but many older Americans don't realize just how much it pays to wait. Credit: Kameleon/iStockphoto.com.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Californians planning for retirement and wondering what the best age may be to start receiving Social Security may want to wait a few additional years, according to experts, who say waiting can pay off in a big way. Americans are able to begin receiving Social Security be ...Read More

A new scam targeting holiday shoppers can deplete funds off gift cards the moment the card is activated. Credit: Tales of a Wandering Youkai/Flickr.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The holidays are a time of giving, but a new survey finds many Indiana residents are engaging in risky behavior that could compromise their personal information or bank account. According to a new survey from AARP, 70 percent of respondents failed a quiz about how to stay safe ...Read More

Organic farmer Mardy Townsend of Ashtabula County is worried about the effects of fracking waste on the environment, as well as her crops. Courtesy: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

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WINDSOR, Ohio – From spills to earthquakes, environmental and agriculture groups say hydraulic fracturing poses serious threats to land, water and public health. Ohio is one of several states taking part in a National Day of Action today, calling for an end to fracking waste and fracking-rela ...Read More

The ACLU of Texas and other groups plan to file amicus briefs with the U.S Supreme Court opposing a law they say limits access to abortion services. Credit: Agnostic Preacher's Kid/Wikimedia Commons.

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AUSTIN, Texas – On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a Texas case that could decide whether imposing regulations on abortion providers constitutes an undue burden by restricting patients' access. Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, applauded the move and says h ...Read More

Critics are calling for the impeachment of a controversial Utah judge. Credit: Serggn/iStockphoto.com.

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SALT LAKE CITY – A movement is gaining steam to oust a Utah judge who sparked a national controversy when he ordered an infant to be removed from her foster parents' home last week – because the foster parents are lesbians. Judge Scott Johansen has since reversed his decision, but the g ...Read More

Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to stop accepting Syrian refugees in Michigan is being met with some criticism. Credit: Office of Gov. Snyder.

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LANSING, Mich. – Governor Rick Snyder is receiving some backlash following his decision to suspend efforts to accept Syrian refugees into Michigan. In the wake of Friday's attacks in Paris, Snyder said he is suspending efforts to encourage resettlement in Michigan, citing safety concerns. Sta ...Read More

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