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PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


UPDATE: At least 8 people dead and more wounded after a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis; Florida's Republican lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to pass so-called "anti-riot" bill


2021Talks - April 16, 2021 


Biden announces tough sanctions on Russia; Pelosi says she won't bring bill to floor expanding Supreme Court; and Harris announces largest ever U.S. investment in childcare.

Archive: February 18, 2021

Legal and regulatory challenges have increased the cost of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project by more than 50%. (Alexandr Anastasin/Adobe Stock)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The multibillion-dollar Mountain Valley Pipeline Project is being fined more than $300,000 for excessive erosion and sediment deposits during construction, but conservationists say more is needed to prevent a culture of noncompliance. It's the second time Mountain Valley has b ...Read More

A revision to Washington's estate tax would create an equity-in-housing fund. (Eric Fredericks/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state is home to some of the wealthiest people in the country and it also is facing a housing crisis, so lawmakers may tap some state residents' wealth to address the issue. Legislators in Olympia are considering a bill which would revise the estate tax. It would exemp ...Read More

Children's mental-health-related visits to the emergency room have increased since April. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- As the spread of the coronavirus continues, behavioral-health experts say it's as important as ever to make sure children and young people have the mental-health support they need. In Las Vegas since the pandemic began, 19 students have died by suicide. Taryn Hiatt, Utah/Nevada ...Read More

There are new efforts to protect at-risk children from the trauma of being removed from their homes.<br />(AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Work to reform foster care in Ohio is getting a boost from a new federal law. The Family First Prevention Services Act will be implemented this fall. It changes how federal dollars for foster care are spent. Rob Myers, deputy director for Stark County Children Services, explained ...Read More

For the second time in two years, Virginia has been awarded grant money by a national foundation to help college students of color achieve higher levels of success. (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Several Virginia colleges and universities will share a large grant to help more students of color receive their degrees and have better outcomes. The move follows amplified calls in the U.S. to end systemic racism in several areas, including higher education. Lumina Foundation fu ...Read More

According to anti-tobacco advocates, 85% of Black smokers use menthol cigarettes, which have been cited as a

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposal to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Minnesota has resurfaced in the Legislature. House Bill 904, which cleared a House committee Wednesday, comes with renewed backing of those wanting to address health disparities across the state. The measure would pr ...Read More

Recent polling from Gallup shows that during the pandemic, 65% of Americans approve of labor unions, including 83% of Democrats, 45% of Republicans and 64% of independents. (Fibonacci Blue/Adobe Stock)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Unions are voicing their opposition to a GOP-sponsored "Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union." Andy O'Brien, communications director for Maine AFL-CIO, said it's necessary for unions to charge dues to all workers they represent, even non ...Read More

A bill would ban new fracking projects in California. (Jens Lambert/iStockphotos)

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Groups that fight climate change are applauding a bill introduced Tuesday to halt new permits for fracking starting next year, and ban it altogether as of 2027. Senate Bill 467 would also apply to several other extraction methods that advocates say are harmful to human health ...Read More

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