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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Archive: March 17, 2021

Food banks in Indiana distributed enough food to provide 125 million meals in 2020. (USDA/Flickr)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's food-assistance network is welcoming parts of the new federal COVID-relief package that will help in the fight against hunger. The American Rescue Plan extends a 15% boost in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by three months, to Sept. 30. Additional ...Read More

Environmental groups say they're not opposed to cleaner technology for coal plants, but question long-term investments for an industry that faces growth issues. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The debate over North Dakota's coal industry is getting heavy focus in the Legislature. Republican lawmakers hope to pass several bills to prop up the struggling coal sector, while environmental groups question the proposals. One bill would give a five-year tax break to the state's ...Read More

According to APM Research Lab, fewer than 9% of Blacks in the United States have received at least one COVID vaccination, compared with more than 16% of Caucasians. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Despite higher COVID illness and death totals, certain minority groups in Minnesota are getting fewer vaccinations. However, there are signs the racial gaps could soon grow smaller. Black Minnesotans are among the groups seeing lagging numbers of COVID vaccinations, according to s ...Read More

Bertie County Manager Juan Vaughan II and retired county manager Scott Sauer take to the water during the Bertie Beach grand opening in June 2019. (Sarah Tinkham/TGOW)<br />

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COASTAL REVIEW ONLINE MEDIA COLLABORATION This is the third installment in a continuing series on making the North Carolina coast more resilient to the effects of climate change, a special reporting project that is part of the Pulitzer Center's nationwide Connected Coastlines initiative. --- MERR ...Read More

Students and teachers in public elementary schools in the Commonwealth are set to go back to the classroom, full-time and in-person, on April 5, and to middle schools on April 28. (Wikimedia Commons)

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BOSTON - As the state pushes for middle schools to go full-time for in-person learning by the end of April, some students, parents and school committee members are pushing back. Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley announced the deadline earlier this month, raising concerns that timeline may not wo ...Read More

Gov. Chris Sununu's budget proposal has a total cost of $6.83 billion for fiscal year 2022. (Timothy Chrysostom/Granite State Progress)

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CONCORD, N.H. - A coalition of grassroots groups is urging lawmakers to invest in issues that affect New Hampshire's most vulnerable communities, ahead of this week's House Finance Committee public hearings on state budget bills HB 1 and HB 2. Groups ranging from the New Hampshire Poor People's Cam ...Read More

Continued education for older people helps keep their brains healthy, but also is a way to make new friends. (insta_photos/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho - A program designed as a source of continuing education for older Idahoans has a new function during the pandemic: combatting social isolation. New Knowledge Adventures is in its sixth year of offering classes to people age 50 and over. Because of COVID-19, its classes have moved onli ...Read More

Two-thirds of older people surveyed last year report they're more afraid of running out of money in retirement than death. (EPA/Picryl)

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DENVER - Women in Colorado earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, and that wage gap plays a deciding role in how and when women can securely retire. Jennifer Norr, president of the Women in Pensions Network, said women more often work part-time jobs than men, making them less likely to have a ...Read More

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