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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

The Citizens' Elections Program was launched more than a decade ago in Connecticut, following multiple corruption scandals in the state. (HappyLenses/Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut is setting the standard for publicly funded elections fueled by small donors, according to a new report from Common Cause. The state's voluntary Citizens' Election Program bars participating candidates from accepting donations from PACs and other big-money groups, an

Experts advise staying away from finger foods like cold cuts, and from

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HARTFORD, Conn. - This Labor Day, you can still safely hold the traditional end-of-summer barbecue - but public health experts caution that these types of events must be held outdoors, with enough space for everyone to stay at least six feet apart. In addition, they say, people need to wear masks

Connecticut's presidential primary is coming up on August 11, so anyone who wants to vote with an absentee ballot needs to send their application in soon. (Svanblar/iStockphoto)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's presidential primary is now only one month away, and the state is sending out absentee ballot applications that must be returned ASAP. The filled-out applications can be turned in to your town clerk starting in one week - and then, the ballot will be mailed directly

Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced she will send absentee-ballot applications to all registered voters. (Flickr_1)

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WEST HARTFORD, Ct. -- A movement is growing to press the Legislature to make vote-by-mail easier in November in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Last night, the West Hartford Special Advisory Committee on Social and Community Recovery voted to ask the full council to support a resolution calling on s

It would take a constitutional amendment to make no-excuse absentee ballots or permanent absentee status possible for voters in Connecticut. (Flickr)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Voting rights groups are calling on state legislators to officially allow Connecticut voters to claim fear of coronavirus as a permissible reason to request an absentee ballot for the November election. Gov. Ned Lamont just signed a "safe voting" executive order making it possibl

Connecticut lost a congressional seat after the 2020 census, something that could happen again if there is a significant undercount this time. (Greater New Haven Counts)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A parade of cars will roam New Haven Friday, blasting out tunes -- part of an event to draw attention to the census. The 2020 census is under way, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, outreach workers have had to think outside the box in order to get people excited about fi

Connecticut's voting rules are some of the most restrictive in the country. (svanblar/iStockphoto)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - The COVID-19 crisis has brought the issue of absentee-voting rules back to the forefront - and now Gov. Ned Lamont is facing calls to make the process easier. Right now you have to have an excuse to vote by mail - be in the military, be ill or out of town. John Erlingheuser, advo

Michael Atkinson, former inspector general for the intelligence community,  was placed on administrative leave to force him out ahead of his firing, which takes effect in 30 days. (Office of National Intelligence)

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HARTFORD, Ct. -- Good-government groups are expressing outrage at President Donald Trump's decision to fire the inspector general who passed on to Congress the whistleblower's complaint that led to the president's impeachment. The president said he fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for

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