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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.

Public News Service - CT: Civic Engagement

According to the Reflective Democracy Campaign's report,

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Many voters are supporting former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders - I-Vt. - because they think they are more "electable" against President Donald Trump - they are also white men. But according to a New Haven-based researcher, the electability of white male candida

States have seen increases in voter participation after enacting early voting. (Lisa F. Young/Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - A resolution to let Connecticut voters weigh in on allowing early voting failed to get enough votes in the Senate to be on next year's ballot, but it can come back. Connecticut is one of only 11 states that doesn't allow early voting. To change that requires amending the state Con

AARP Community Challenge grants can help create public spaces, enhance mobility options and more. (pxhere)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Small projects to help create more livable communities across Connecticut could get a boost from a new grant program. AARP Connecticut has expanded on a national Community Challenge program by launching an initiative to help local leaders complete creative ideas to improve their c

Other New England states are ahead of Connecticut in restoring voting rights to people in the criminal justice system. (landrachuk/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – A bill to restore the vote to thousands of Connecticut residents is getting a hearing Thursday in the General Assembly. The Government Administration and Elections Committee is hearing testimony on HB 5418. If passed the bill would give some 4,000 people who are in custody

The Connecticut GOPís proposed state budget would eliminate the Citizens Election Program. (jglazer75/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Good government groups are saying 'no' to GOP plans to scrap Connecticut's campaign-funding system. The Citizens Election Program, or CEP, was passed in 2005 in the wake of a corruption scandal that put former governor John Rowland in prison. Saying they need to close the state'

Mental health experts say prolonged isolation can worsen and even cause mental illness. (jmiller291/Flickr)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Lawmakers and advocates for people in prison on Tuesday are bringing a replica of a solitary confinement cell to the State Capitol as they call for reform legislation. Their point is that solitary confinement can worsen or even cause mental illness, and that prolonged isola

State funding per pupil varies by thousands of dollars a year depending on location. (Michael Anderson/Wikimedia Commons)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Education advocates are urging voters to find out what candidates for state office plan to do to solve Connecticut's school funding crisis. In September a state Superior Court judge found that Connecticut has "no rational, substantial and verifiable plan to distribute money

Passage of a bill to protect pollinator habitat was a victory for Connecticut's environment. (John Severns/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The latest Environmental Scorecard for Connecticut tells of both legislative victories and defeats in a year focused on trimming the state budget. An amendment to the state constitution to better protect state-owned land advanced, but cuts to the Department of Energy and Env

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