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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2021 


President Biden aims to put the U.S. in a leadership role on climate change, and the pandemic shines a spotlight on regional food supply chains.


2021Talks - April 19, 2021 


President Biden will announce a new 2030 emissions target, George W. Bush urges more respectful conversation on immigration, and the Giffords Center ranks Indiana's gun policies low, despite their "red flag" law.

Archive: February 1, 2021

About 46% of children in Kentucky live in low-income households, and more than 20% live in poverty. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Young people and their advocates are participating in a weeklong series of virtual events urging Kentucky lawmakers to prioritize kids' safety, health, education and economic well-being in this year's legislative session. The events are part of Kentucky Youth Advocates' Children's ...Read More

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INDIANAPOLIS -- A state-of-the-art tool is helping researchers in Indiana better understand the effectiveness of soil-conservation practices. A small device, known as a "super gauge," gathers data around-the-clock on water quality in the Wabash River in New Harmony. Ray McCormick, a farmer in Knox ...Read More

Last year, the national group Stop AAPI Hate reported it received a total of 2,583 incidents of discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A key advocacy group for Asian Americans in Minnesota hopes the country is turning the corner on reducing hateful rhetoric toward community members. But it said emerging plans need more detail, and lack of diversity in government still is a concern. Last week, President Joe Biden si ...Read More

Dora Poqui, a caregiver and member of SEIU Local 775, said she and other at-home providers are essential workers. (Dora Poqui)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- At-home caregivers for people with disabilities and older Washingtonians are holding the line in budget talks with the state. Individual provider members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 775 are negotiating their contract for the next two years. They don't want to b ...Read More

A quarter of Colorado adults and one in five children currently are not getting adequate nutrition because families do not have enough money for food. (Pxhere)

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DENVER -- Almost 40% of Coloradans are struggling to put food on the table because of the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the highest rate of food insecurity ever reported in the state, according to a new Hunger Free Colorado survey. Ellie Agar, director of communications for the grou ...Read More

Funding for a new Oregon law decriminalizing drugs and providing treatment options comes from marijuana tax revenue. (Prostock-studio/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- One of the country's biggest rollbacks of restrictive drug laws goes into effect today in Oregon. In November, voters passed a measure to decriminalize possession of small amounts of drugs, making it the first state in the country to do so. Tera Hurst, executive director for the ...Read More

Educators are kicking off Black History Month with a week dedicated to sharing educational resources to fight racial bias and injustice in curricula and schools. (Bits and Splits/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- Many Illinois teachers are joining a national campaign this week, called Black Lives Matter At School, to raise awareness about structural racism in the U.S. that's often not included in standard curricula. They're advancing an agenda for schools, from including more Black and ethnic stu ...Read More

With U.S. cannabis sales hitting $20 billion last year, Virginia joined four other states considering bills to legalize marijuana. (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- As Virginia's General Assembly debates legalizing marijuana, a House panel met this weekend to fine-tune the bill and include racial-equity policies. After decriminalizing marijuana last year, lawmakers have introduced House Bill 2312 to regulate a potential billion-dollar industry ...Read More

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