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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 3, 2021

Nationwide, more than 21% of students in high school and nearly 5% in middle school report using e-cigarettes and vapes. (Adobe Stock)
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FRANKFORT, Ky. - More than a third of Kentucky middle and high schoolers say the pandemic has increased their use of e-cigarettes or vapes and other tobacco products, according to a recent survey. The survey of 400 middle and high-school students across 22 counties was conducted in November and Dec ...Read More

Supporters of public banking say it could support infrastructure costs in Washington state. (Shane Cotee/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Public-banking advocates are at it again in the Washington Legislature. State Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, has spent more than a decade presenting bills to create a public bank in Washington, and he's introduced another in 2021. Public banks are financial institutions owned and ru ...Read More

Cities could save on high interest rates charged by Wall Street banks with public banking, an advocate says. (losonsky/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon lawmakers want cities to be allowed to put their cash in banks other than large, for-profit institutions. Bills in the Legislature -- Senate Bill 339 and House Bill 2743 -- would enable municipalities to create public banks, which are owned and run by a state or municipality ...Read More

About 30,000 Michiganders are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine each day. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. - Michigan is ahead of most states in its COVID-19 vaccination work, but there's still a long way to go. More than 1 million doses have been administered so far, the seventh-most among states. Right now, health-care providers, educators and other front-line essential workers can be v ...Read More

In addition to her historic nomination for Joe Biden's cabinet, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, made history in being one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress in 2018. (House.gov)

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CANNON BALL, N.D. -- Spiritual and cultural connections to land are among the core beliefs of Native Americans, and North Dakota advocates feel they could soon have a federal leader who strongly identifies with those beliefs. New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland is awaiting her confirmation vote, a ...Read More

The Governor's Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion is scheduled to hold its first meeting Feb. 19. (Adobe Stock)

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- As Black History Month begins, 30 people have been appointed to a council, which will recommend diversity and inclusion practices for Wisconsin state government. Before its first meeting, two appointees expressed hope and uncertainty about what lies ahead. This week, Gov. Tony ...Read More

Missouri could become one of 14 states to take legislative action on media literacy, if lawmakers pass a bill to incorporate it into K-12 education. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri lawmaker introduced a bill which would add media literacy training to the public-school curriculum. House Bill 74 would create a committee of lawmakers, educators, media experts and a children's mental-health expert to work with the Missouri Department of Education ...Read More

Holy Names University in Oakland is inviting parents of enrolled students to join them by taking up to two free classes. (Holy Names University)
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OAKLAND, Calif. - A small, private Catholic college in California is trying to keep students in school by letting their moms and dads also enroll - for free. In Oakland, Holy Names University's new "Parent Promise" program, launched Jan. 12, lets parents enroll in two free classes each and waives t ...Read More

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