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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

Archive: July 26, 2017

People in Washington and across the country see passage of the American with Disabilities Act, 27 years ago today, as a major civil-rights victory. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE - The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 27 today, and its advocates are celebrating the legislation and also looking at the future of their movement for equality. The ADA changed the landscape of the country and made it easier for people with disabilities to seek accommodations, althoug ...Read More

A bill in the Wisconsin Legislature attempts to shed more light on the sources of money used to purchase political ads that run in the state. (Chung Sun Jung/Getty Images)

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MADISON, Wis. - A bill to require corporations and political action committees to make public their advertising buys close to an election is being introduced by Wisconsin Democrats. While corporations may deserve a voice in the election process, Democrats have said, they also should be subject to t ...Read More

Legislation in the U.S. House could mean more radioactive material moving through Illinois. (illinois.gov)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Environmental groups have a warning for the nation's leaders: Haste will make more waste. A House vote could come as soon as this week on legislation known as the "Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017." The bill would mean building more temporary storage facilities around ...Read More

Could the federal Election Integrity Commission affect voter participation if people start seeing voting as a privacy risk? (Tim Evanson/Flickr)<br />

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Voting-rights advocates are backing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's decision to not give private voter information to President Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission. The White House panel requested voter data from states as it investigates the president's claims about ...Read More

Environmental groups say they've waited three years for an update on a jet-fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base, and they were put off again this week. (Pixabay)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The cancellation of this week's meeting to update the public on progress at Kirtland Air Force Base on cleaning up a decades-old jet fuel leak has angered local environmental groups. Kirtland has said the meeting was canceled to allow the air base staff more time to review two m ...Read More

Zac Easter, No. 44, suffered three concussions in a two-month period during his senior year of high school. (CTE Hope)

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INDIANOLA, Iowa - Ninety-nine percent of former National Football League players whose brains were studied suffered from the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, according to just-released research. The finding doesn't surprise Brenda Easter of Indianola. Her son ...Read More

Illegal motorized recreation in restricted watershed areas puts fish populations at risk and pollutes drinking water. (Pixabay)

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DENVER - Volunteers and U.S. Forest Service staff are headed back into South Park's Farnum Roadless area to restore critical watershed, native plants and wildlife habitat. Misi Ballard, broadband leader for the group "Great Old Broads for Wilderness," led an effort earlier this month, checking on ...Read More

The Susquehanna River is the source of drinking water for 6 million people. (Joseph E. B. Elliot/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Brunner Island power plant must stop contaminating the Susquehanna River, according to a message delivered by local residents to the Department of Environmental Protection. A hearing Monday evening marked the close of the public comment period on a draft water permit that woul ...Read More

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