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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 25, 2021

To relieve overcrowding, a West Virginia bill would help inmates get access to classes required for reentry before, rather than after, parole starts. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.V. -- Criminal-justice advocates in West Virginia urged lawmakers to oppose a new bill they say would politicize parole hearings, making it more difficult for incarcerated people to get a fair review. House Bill 2747 would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of the state ...Read More

Temperatures can soar well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in North Carolina during summer months and climb higher in urban areas. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina scientists and residents are teaming up this summer to better understand which neighborhoods in the Raleigh-Durham area are the hottest so-called urban heat islands. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat kills more people in the U.S. ...Read More

According to Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, seven of the ten states with the strongest gun laws have background checks for all gun purchases, and the lowest rates of firearm deaths. (Adobe Stock)

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Correction: the Connecticut Lottery mass shooting occurred in 1998. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that the event happened in 1999. (1:12 p.m EST., March 25, 2021) HARTFORD, Conn. -- After this week's second mass shooting in the U.S., a Connecticut gun-safety group hopes the st ...Read More

Missouri's minimum wage currently is $10.30 an hour, but a bill before the Legislature would bring it down to slightly more than $8 an hour. (Paul Sableman/Flickr)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Workers and small-business owners are voicing opposition to a bill before the Legislature which would tie Missouri's minimum wage to the federal minimum wage, reversing a voter-approved increase to $12 an hour by 2023. Terrence Wise, a McDonald's worker in Kansas City and a lead ...Read More

California farmers are starting to use native plants as hedgerows to attract more bees and other beneficial insects. (Michael Serrano)
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LE GRAND, Calif. -- In recent years, California farms have seen a massive decline in beneficial insects, especially pollinators like bees, so nonprofit groups are stepping in to help bring them back. The nonprofit Wild Farm Alliance is helping promote the state's Healthy Soils program, which pays f ...Read More

Public library officials touted their facilities have allowed people to apply for jobless benefits, check the status of their stimulus payments, and do other critical tasks during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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ASHLAND, Wis. -- Public library systems have promoted the services they provide go well beyond books. And now, they're getting extra federal aid to offer more help to those who need it, including Wisconsin communities. The $1.9 trillion stimulus package recently signed by President Joe Biden sets ...Read More

The city of Evanston is providing what it calls reparations in the form of housing grants to Black residents, the first program of its kind. (Fabio Balbi/Adobe Stock)

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Black residents of Evanston, who lived in the city between 1919 and 1969 or are direct descendants of someone who did, can start receiving what the City Council calls reparations in early to mid-summer, in the form of housing grants. The plan is to provide $25,000 grants for home ...Read More

According to the CDC, chronic diseases cost the U.S. health-care system an estimated $214 billion per year and $138 billion in lost job productivity. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Black and Brown Arkansans continue to have higher rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, and health experts say that makes getting the COVID-19 vaccine even more urgent. Nearly half of all residents have two or more risk factors for severe C ...Read More

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