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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: April 8, 2021

Before hunting and trapping brought grizzlies to the brink of extinction in the early 20th century, tens of thousands roamed across western states. (Neal Herbert/NPS)

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JACKSON, Wyo. -- Grizzly bears are slowly recovering in segments of their historic Northern Rockies habitat, but still need protections, according to a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assessment. The report comes as Wyoming's congressional delegation pushes legislation to remove the bear from th ...Read More

The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence urges people needing support around issues of sexual violence to go to nhcadsv.org or call 866-644-3574 to be directed to the nearest crisis center. (Adobe Stock)

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Nearly one in five women in the U.S. have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetime, and advocates want survivors to know resources are available to them. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Laura Palumbo, communications director for the National Sexual Violence Re ...Read More

More than a quarter of Montana adults have at least one disability. (rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Advocates said some bills in Montana will make it harder for people with disabilities to vote. Election integrity and security have been top priorities for Montana lawmakers this session. House Bill 176 ends voter registration on the day of elections. It passed both chambers last ...Read More

18-year-olds who commit misdemeanors are currently charged in adult court, but a bill seeks to change that. (chatiyanon/Adobe Stock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill pending in the Illinois House of Representatives would bring misdemeanor cases against older teenagers to juvenile court rather than adult court. House Bill 111 would allow emerging adults to be considered "delinquent minors" and adjudicated in the juvenile system up to ...Read More

Long celebrated by African Americans, Juneteenth often is viewed as an overlooked moment in U.S. history. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Legislature has sent the governor a bill that would recognize Juneteenth as a ceremonial holiday. Supporters say the move is long overdue, with only a few states having yet to take such action. Juneteenth, which is celebrated in most of the country, is viewed as t ...Read More

Supporters of updating Minnesota's sexual-assault laws say current loopholes could prevent victims from coming forward. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A controversial ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court has brought renewed focus on the state's criminal sexual-conduct laws. A group of lawmakers, advocates and victims already had been working on reforms and supporters said the decision added a sense of urgency. The court rec ...Read More

Enrollment at public two-year colleges in Texas has declined by 8% since 2020, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. (naassomz1/Pixabay)
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HOUSTON -- Many young people, especially those of color, are avoiding college enrollment, perhaps anticipating a post-pandemic job rebound that will make higher education unnecessary. But professionals in the field say that approach is shortsighted. Martha Parham, senior vice president of public r ...Read More

A national universal paid-leave program is projected to generate two million jobs and more than $22 billion in economic activity per year. (Vitalik Radko/Deposit Photos)

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DENVER -- As the Biden administration continues to promote its plan to address the nation's crumbling roads and bridges, a coalition of worker advocates say it's time for the U.S. to invest in the nation's care infrastructure. Ashley Panelli, associate state director for 9to5 Colorado, said the COV ...Read More

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