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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 22, 2021

Just 5% of Americans who received post-secondary degrees lack a bank account, compared with 13% of people with a high school degree or less. (Paul Lowry/Flickr)

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BOSTON -- Advocates for postal banking contend having more financial services accessible at U.S. Postal Service locations could help the nation make a more equitable recovery from the COVID-19 economic crisis. More than 12 million people, or 6% of American adults, don't have a bank account. Another ...Read More

Currently, family child-care operators are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 in start-up funds from the Kentucky Division of Child Care. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Community advocates say home-based family child care could play a major role in closing gaps in access across Kentucky during the pandemic and beyond, but current zoning creates obstacles for individuals interested in opening licensed and regulated home child-care centers. In a re ...Read More

A bill that could bring major changes to Oregon's criminal justice system has a public hearing set for this week. (blackday/Adobe Stock)

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SALEM, Ore. -- A bill in the Oregon Legislature proposes major reforms to the state's criminal justice system. House Bill 2002 is a sweeping measure that would scale back the system's reach, from limiting what offenses send a person to jail, to reforming mandatory minimum sentences, to reducing the ...Read More

Groups like AARP Wisconsin say Governor Evers' plan for more broadband spending could pave the way for more telehealth visits. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's debate over the next state budget is far from over, but the spending plan outlined by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has strong support from advocates of older residents. Helen Marks Dicks, state issues advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin, said her group was encouraged to ...Read More

Members of Minnesota's Youth Environmental Activists program say learning about climate change include its effects on marginalized communities and minorities. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Young climate advocates are trying to get Minnesota lawmakers to pay closer attention to their concerns about the environment, and they're played a role in drafting a bill requiring climate justice to be taught in the classroom. The legislation has input from the Youth Environmen ...Read More

About 9% of the population globally is food insecure. (tong2530/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- The United States has rejoined the Paris climate agreement, an indicator the Biden administration plans to get serious about reducing the country's carbon emissions. Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and environment at the University of Washington, said it's not only good fo ...Read More

This map shows the part of the Inglewood oil field that lies within Culver City, close to several  neighborhoods. (Baker & O'Brien, Inc.)

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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- State lawmakers proposed a bill, Senate Bill 467, to ban fracking last week, but one city, Culver City, has already taken a big step in that direction. In October, the city council approved a resolution to wind down drilling within five years; staff are working on an ordinanc ...Read More

Since 2017, AARP has awarded 560 Community Challenge grants to nonprofit organizations and government entities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including dozens in Colorado. (Burim/ Wikimedia Commons)

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DENVER -- AARP is now accepting applications for its Community Challenge grant program. This year's focus is to increase investments in projects that boost diversity and inclusion, and that help local communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Applications will be accepted through April 14. ...Read More

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