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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


2021Talks - June 16, 2021 


Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Archive: May 11, 2021

In a new survey, more than three-quarters of Massachusetts nurses said they support a strike by nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester over what they saw as unsafe staffing practices. (Massachusetts Nurses Association)

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BOSTON -- Nurses' unions and advocates for patients' rights want to see legislation to better protect nurses on the job, and the people they care for. A new survey from the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) conducted in late March showed the pandemic has exacerbated issues that were already of ...Read More

Environmental groups say a bill pending in the Legislature would help Colorado meet its emissions-reduction and environmental-justice goals. (Nicola/Adobe Stock)

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DENVER -- Environmental groups are urging Gov. Jared Polis to support a major climate bill pending in the Colorado Legislature. Senate Bill 200, which aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and increasing environmental justice, would set caps on emissions for various business sectors and give an A ...Read More

Supporters of a federal election reform bill say it's necessary to counteract a flood of state-level legislation restricting voting rights. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A sweeping bill aimed at improving election fairness in states across the country is making its way through Congress, but Ohio's chief elections official is saying, 'No, thanks.' A Senate panel will mark up its version of the For the People Act today, after the bill passed the Hou ...Read More

Agriculture observers say digital connectivity could be an emerging force in the coming years as farmers try to become more efficient and avoid disruptions to their work. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. -- A North Dakota project, Grand Farm Education and Research Initiative, looks to play a role in steering farming innovation, in the U.S. and abroad. Local producers say while there are barriers, the innovation hub could provide benefits. In late April, an official with Grand Farm test ...Read More

State legislatures around the country face added pressure for more police accountability policies after the death of George Floyd and other high-profile encounters with Black individuals. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Senate is expected to consider a handful of police reform measures today. Lawmakers say they're including many perspectives amid greater scrutiny of law enforcement, but they know the effort isn't a cure-all. This week's action is being closely monitored as the Legis ...Read More

Groups want to honor the native people of Montana by renaming three geographic features. (Djembayz/Wikimedia Commons)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Groups in Montana are petitioning to change the names of three geographic features that now bear the name of Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy who supported slavery. They're proposing to replace his name with Salish words to honor the state's first inhabitants ...Read More

Seven in 10 women don't know drinking alcohol increases breast cancer risk, according to a new survey by MDVIP/Ipsos. (Adobe Stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's National Women's Health Week, and a new survey finds many women feel they're in the dark about basic health-risk factors, despite heightened concerns about wellness during the pandemic. Nearly one-third of women said they've delayed medical care in the past 18 months. Dr. ...Read More

The pandemic has put added stress on the child-care workforce across the country. In Washington state, it caught the attention of legislators, who've included more money for pay and health benefits in the new state budget. (ShunTerra/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- This session, Washington state lawmakers approved a major investment in child care and its workers. The state budget provides $360 million for child-care grants, including $36 million in increased compensation for about 10,000 child-care workers across the state. Luc Jasmin, co-o ...Read More

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