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PNS Daily Newscast - May 14, 2021 


Amid the gas shortage in the Southeast, advocates of electric vehicles say the situation highlights the need to diversify America's energy system; Tennessee's attorney general is part of a group that wants Facebook to stop its plans to create a kids' version of Instagram.


2021Talks - May 14, 2021 


The vaccinated can ditch their masks; Biden says fuel shortages are only temporary and Republicans press an end to federal pandemic employment payments.

Archive: March 23, 2021

It's estimated the United States is saddled with around $11.4 billion in costs to clean up abandoned coal mine sites nationwide. (Adobe Stock)

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WHITESBURG, Ky. -- This week, state officials announced the start of several new grant-funded, abandoned-mine land projects in Eastern Kentucky. Advocates say two bills in Congress, the RECLAIM Act and the Abandoned Mine Land Reauthorization Act, would nearly double the money Kentucky gets for repu ...Read More

Universal, no-cost school meals have been tried in certain U.S. cities. Now more state legislatures, including Minnesota, are seeing a push for this approach. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Transportation and learning supplies are among the things to which all K-through-12 students can have access. In Minnesota, there's a push to add no-cost breakfast and lunch to the list. A coalition of eighteen groups wants state lawmakers to pass legislation to provide universal ...Read More

Nearly five years ago, North Dakota adopted a medical marijuana program. And this year, a push toward recreational marijuana is getting a lot of focus. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers are giving strong consideration to the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana. It's seen as a way to get ahead of citizen-led efforts, and a key advocacy group said it doesn't think voters are being shut out of the process. Republican lawmakers leading t ...Read More

Students with daily school-day tutoring in the Chicago Public Schools were able to progress two to three times faster than their peers. (vlorzor/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- As school districts grapple with the pandemic's academic fallout, new research shows intensive in-school tutoring could help bridge the equity gap in education, and in particular, with high school math. Monica Bhatt, senior research director at the University of Chicago Education Lab, sa ...Read More

Kern County produces about 70% of California's oil and more than 90% of its natural gas. However, 20% of county residents live at or below the federal poverty line. (Zhengzaishuru/iStockphoto)

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KERN COUNTY, Calif. -- Groups fighting for clean air and against climate change are calling for the State of California to step in after the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to fast-track more than 40,000 new oil and gas wells. Supporters of the plan say it will create jobs and brin ...Read More

From raccoons to bald eagles to domestic pets, at least four million animals die in traps each year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. (apvnm.org)

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SANTA FE, N.M. -- A dog that died through no fault of its own on a hike with its owner near Santa Cruz Lake in 2019 could leave a lasting legacy if a bill headed to the governor's desk is signed into law. "Roxy's Law," technically the Wildlife Conservation and Public Safety Act, passed the New Mexi ...Read More

Community child-care programs in El Paso County have added pollinator gardens, native plants and other natural elements to kids' outdoor play areas. (Pixabay)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Plastic- and rubber-dominated playgrounds in Colorado Springs have added winding pathways with tall grasses, gardens, "mud kitchens" and other ways for kids to explore the outdoors. It's part of a program to expand health and learning opportunities for children by helping ...Read More

Women's pro-choice advocates worry the current conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court will be open to overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. (Lorie Shaull/Flickr)<br />

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A consequential debate over the future of reproductive rights could soon be coming to the Ohio Statehouse. Senate Bill 123 is the latest so-called "trigger ban" to be introduced in Ohio. Should the current majority of the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the bill would ba ...Read More

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