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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: March 3, 2021

Local-choice energy policies adopted in nine states are not-for-profit models that allow communities to prioritize 100% renewable energy. (pixels/Pixabay)

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SANTA FE, N.M. - Supporters of a bill in the New Mexico Legislature say it would transform power and control of the state's electric supply, creating a 21st-century renewable-energy policy for the state. Senate Bill 83, known as the "Local Choice Energy Act," would give local governments the abilit ...Read More

In 2020, nearly 60 kids younger than age 13 were detained in the Illinois juvenile-justice system. (cookcountyil.gov)

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CHICAGO - Illinois criminal-justice reform groups are urging legislative action to keep children and teens out of detention before their trials. More than four times as many Illinois kids were detained pre-trial than after trials in July last year and even during the pandemic, according to a report ...Read More

In North Carolina, vast inequities in distribution have left many Black and Brown communities without the option to be vaccinated for COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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RALEIGH, N.C. - A new data dashboard estimates the number of North Carolina residents eligible for each COVID vaccine phase, and could help local county officials better allocate them where they're needed most. Data analyst Matthew Simon of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, who create ...Read More

An estimated 48% of Hispanic students are first-generation students, compared with 28% of white students, according to the Postsecondary National Policy Institute. (Adobe Stock)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The number of Latino students on college campuses fell by 20% last year, largely because of COVID-19-related job loss or illness, and so far, enrollment isn't showing signs of bouncing back. The trend reverses gains made over the years in higher education among Latino students nat ...Read More

Natural-gas providers warn that, because they paid higher costs during the recent arctic blast, customer bills are likely to see increases, although they'll be spread out over the next several months. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS - Last month's deep freeze in Minnesota required more than extra layers of clothing; people cranked up the heat to stay warm, likely resulting in higher energy bills. New financial assistance now is available for low-income households to cover the extra heating expense. The Minnesota Co ...Read More

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia addresses people at one of the city's vaccine clinics. Long Beach has a large LGBTQ+ community. (City of Long Beach)

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SAN FRANCISCO - The pandemic has had devastating impacts on the LGBTQ+ community, so the 1 million-member Equality California has launched a bilingual, statewide education and outreach campaign. Unveiled on Tuesday, the idea is to make sure people know when and where to get the vaccine, and also to ...Read More

In the past decade, Iowa has been among the top states with the most flood-disaster declarations. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has taken steps to prevent floods following historic disasters in recent decades. At the center of these efforts are local coordinators, working to keep jurisdictions on the same page. Now, a proposal is being offered to better fund these positions. As lawmakers craft the n ...Read More

Some Ohioans might be eligible for health coverage from the federal health-insurance marketplace with zero costs. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Health-care groups throughout the Buckeye State are spreading the word about an unexpected opportunity to sign up for coverage on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. An extra time period for enrollment was added by the Biden administration. HealthSource of Ohio is offering fr ...Read More

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