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PNS Daily Newscast - June 11, 2021 


We reflect and update as HIV/AIDS first came to national attention 40 years ago this month; and when it comes to infrastructure spending, bipartisanship isn't dead yet.


2021Talks - June 11, 2021 


President Biden offers up more COVID-19 vaccines to the world; Dems and GOP close in on an infrastructure deal; and Speaker Pelosi tries to quell a spat over the Middle East among Democrats.

Archive: April 27, 2021

If lawmakers pass a ban on corporate contributions going directly to candidates or their committees, they join 22 other states plus federal elections for president and Congress with similar laws. (Adobe Stock)

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Good-government groups in Maine support a bill which would ban corporate contributions from going directly to state legislators or their campaign committees, a rule that's already in place in 22 other states and at the federal level in elections for Congress and for president. Joh ...Read More

A bill under consideration by the Texas Legislature would impose harsh criminal penalties for local election officials who provide assistance to voters. (Adobe Stock)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday Texas will gain two additional congressional seats, the most of any state in the nation. The additional seats are largely due to an increase in residents of color, particularly Hispanics, some of the same voters Texas lawmakers have targeted ...Read More

A 2020 poll by the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters found 56% of North Carolina residents think a major coronavirus-like mobilization is required to ward off the worst impacts of climate change. (Adobe Stock)

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DURHAM, N.C. -- North Carolina leaders said the state is well-positioned to tackle climate change while boosting local economies, especially with support from the Biden administration. Last week, President Joe Biden and climate envoy John Kerry hosted a world leaders summit to recommit the U.S. to ...Read More

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says North Dakota is among the states with fewer than 10% of workers represented by unions. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- Midwestern union leaders say before and after the pandemic, women have dealt with a variety of challenges in the workforce, but they say a proposed federal law could give them more power to organize and demand fairness. Last month, the U.S. House approved the PRO Act, which among ...Read More

The American Jobs Act is intended to spur growth in the energy-efficiency sector, which would reduce fossil-fuel consumption in buildings. (Larry Johnson/Wikimedia Commons)

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DENVER -- Colorado will see major job growth in the solar, wind and energy-efficiency fields as a result of the administration's climate goals and infrastructure plan, according to tech leaders who are active in the fight against climate change. At a leaders summit last week, President Joe Biden c ...Read More

Federal and state efforts to build out transmission lines will make it easier to move renewable power around the grid. (Laura Musikanski/Wikimedia Commons)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Experts forecast up to 400,000 new jobs in Nevada as a result of the Biden administration's climate-change goals and infrastructure plan. President Joe Biden has pledged to cut U.S. carbon emissions in half in by 2030. Sarah Steinberg, policy principal for Advanced Energy Econ ...Read More

Brandi Levy was punished by her school for a message she sent to friends while she was away from school. (Photo: Danna Singer/ACLU)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Can a school discipline students for things they say outside of school? The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the question tomorrow in a Pennsylvania case. In 2017, a high school sophomore was kicked off the Mahanoy Area High School cheerleading squad for posting a picture and te ...Read More

The price of farmland frequently exceeds what can be earned by farming. (Pixabay)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio lawmakers are considering a measure to help give the next crop of farmers a strong start in the business. The Wall Street Journal found the cost of buying or renting farmland in the Midwest is climbing, with farmers placing larger and larger bids on farm acreage. Julie Sharp ...Read More

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