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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: May 3, 2021

Missouri needs more teachers in the sciences, math and special education, and the need is critical both in rural and deeply urban communities. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is facing a teacher shortage, and for Teacher Appreciation Week, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is working to inspire more high school and college students to consider becoming educators. Halley Russell a government teacher at Jackson High Schoo ...Read More

More than 30 million workers nationwide, including 67% of low-wage workers, do not have access to a single paid sick day from their employers. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- More North Carolina employers have changed their "time off" policies to include sick leave related to COVID-19, but low-income workers, and those in industries considered essential, are still less likely to have paid leave. According to the North Carolina Justice Center, as many as ...Read More

The American Families Plan includes federal funding for universal preschool as well as community colleges. (C.C. Chapman/Flickr)

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BOSTON -- Community colleges have helped push recovery forward in past times of economic hardship, and their advocates say federal funding will help them do it again. President Joe Biden's American Families Plan includes $109 billion for two years of community college tuition for anyone. Dave Koff ...Read More

Toxic algae blooms driven by excess nutrients give the waters of Lake Erie a greenish hue. (Adobe Stock)

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TOLEDO, Ohio -- Groups advocating for clean water say they're facing an uphill battle trying to prevent animal manure and other pollution from industrial farms from seeping into Lake Erie. Despite what they say is the lake's poor overall condition, the groups claim Ohio continues to issue more perm ...Read More

By some estimates, 40% of young people experiencing homelessness in the United States are LGBTQ+.(Srdjan/Adobe Stock)

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LOS ANGELES -- A new program aims to help staff at homeless shelters better care for their LGBTQ+ clients. Experts from the Equality California Institute have offered LGBTQ+ diversity, equity and inclusion training to medical professionals for six years. But now, they've expanded to include the sta ...Read More

The Milwaukee River Basin covers nearly 900 square miles across seven Wisconsin counties. (Adobe Stock)

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A volunteer-driven effort to patrol and clean up three primary rivers in Milwaukee hopes to inspire similar movements across the state. Organizers say Wisconsin needs more "riverkeepers." The state's only current waterkeeper has led work along the Milwaukee River Basin since the ...Read More

In addition to police accountability bills, Minnesota lawmakers are debating the state's next two-year budget. (Adobe Stock)

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- Minnesota's divided Legislature enters the home stretch of the current session with a new budget still needing approval. Differences between the House version and the Senate version include taxes and spending levels, and several groups say vulnerable families could be better ...Read More

According to the environmental group Riverkeeper, about 1,500 tons of spent nuclear fuel rods are stored at Indian Point. (Phil Cardamone/Adobe Stock)

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BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- A 40-year battle to close the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant came to an end last week, as the last of its three reactors was permanently shut down. Indian Point was once the single largest source of electric power in the state, but its presence on the banks of the Hudson River, ...Read More

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