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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 4, 2021

Roughly 34,000 Mainers fall into what's called the

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- A bill before the Legislature would make health-insurance plans more affordable to many Mainers, by implementing a health-insurance assessment; a fee for-profit insurance companies would pay to an "Affordability Fund." Ann Woloson, executive director of Maine Consumers for Afforda ...Read More

The federal government plans to step up support for families facing hard times during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Expanding child care, creating paid family and medical leave, and boosting health-care coverage affordability are just some of the proposals in President Joe Biden's American Families Plan. Experts say the plan will help more Kentucky families stay afloat in a year of unprecedente ...Read More

Supporters of the seabed mining ban say the practice would hurt sensitive habitats on Washington's coast. (Ferrous Büller/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee signed a seabed mining ban into law Monday. The measure prohibits mineral extraction within three miles of Washington's coastline. It received nearly unanimous support in the Legislature, except for two "no" votes in the House. Lee First, co-founder of Twin Harbor ...Read More

Under the Trump administration, 234 judges were appointed to the federal bench. (Joe Wolf/Flickr)

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SEATTLE -- The change from the Trump to Biden administrations means a different approach to appointing federal judges. President Donald Trump inherited more than 100 vacancies because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to confirm most of President Barack Obama's appointments in his fina ...Read More

About 200 child-care centers have closed in Idaho since September. (Oksana Kuzmina/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho child-care providers closed their doors and came to the doors of the Capitol this week to call on lawmakers to approve federal funding for their facilities. Although Idaho's legislative session is still going on, lawmakers have not approved nearly $100 million from the America ...Read More

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveys found that 38% of respondents reported symptoms of anxiety or depression from April 2020 through last February, up from 11% in 2019. (Pixabay)

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FORT LUPTON, Colo. -- Suicide rates, overdoses and substance abuse all are on the rise since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. Colorado's community health centers have seen a dramatic increase in patients in need of care. Jonathan M ...Read More

Advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls say they're grateful for new state-level and federal policies, but fear a lack of local resources will keep putting more people in danger. (Adobe Stock)

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SIOUX FALLS, SD -- Advocates are stepping up awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) and girls, but even with efforts in South Dakota and at the federal level, a key group said gaps still exist, including prevention. In recent years, May 5 has served as a day to honor victims, bu ...Read More

Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., speaks at an event announcing the PUBLIC Lands Act at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. (Bryan Matsumoto/Nature for All)

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SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS, Calif. -- More than a million acres of public land and 500 miles of rivers in the Golden State would get new wilderness protections under a package of bills just introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. The Protecting Unique and Beautiful Land ...Read More

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