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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.


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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.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As the nation recovers from the recession, a community college in Broward County is taking a different approach to make workforce training available to all. "Broward UP," which stands for "Unlimited Potential," makes education accessible by "meeting students where they are,

The Florida Legislature has passed a bill that would block transgender children from playing on sports teams that don't align with their gender at birth. (Pexels)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Last-minute maneuvering by Republican lawmakers revived a bill that would ban transgender girls and women from playing on public school teams intended for student athletes born as girls. The measure, Senate Bill 2012, was not expected to survive - even its sponsor, Sen. Kelli S

In a new survey by the Marie Christie Foundation, only half of college faculty members said they'd be able to recognize if a student was in emotional distress. Fewer than one-third said they could recognize signs of alcoholism or drug abuse. (Adobe Stock)

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TAMPA, Fla. -- A new survey of a dozen higher-ed schools revealed many faculty members want to be better equipped to help students who are struggling with mental-health issues, especially since the pandemic. In the survey, 73% of faculty said they want mental-health training, and 61% believe it sho

Conservative lawmakers across the nation are responding to an executive order by President Joe Biden that bans discrimination based on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere. (Brett Sayles/Pexels)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Republicans in Congress and more than 20 state legislatures, including Florida, seek to ban trans athletes from competing in sports. The bills moving through Florida's Legislature appear to be on fast-track, with talk from insiders that the Senate version by Sen. Kelli Stargel

According to the International Energy Agency, electricity generation from renewables will increase by 50% in the next five years. Student leaders in Florida hope their universities will commit to using them in the next two decades. (Adobe Stock)

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Student-government leaders from several Florida universities want their schools to commit to using 100% renewable energy. This week, the student government association at the University of South Florida (USF) passed a resolution asking all power for the school come from renewable sou

During the 2020 session, the Florida House passed a bill requiring public-sector workers, such as teachers, to tell their employer proactively that they want to stay in a union, but it didn't advance in the Senate. (Christina Morillo/Pexels)
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Public-sector workers such as police and teachers burdened by the pandemic's workload are trying to fight back against a bill in the Florida Senate that would make them proactively confirm whether they want to remain in a union. State Sen. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, said Senate B

Lumina Foundation created its Racial Justice and Equity Fund in 2017 following the
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former unpaid interns in Congress are broadening their quest for paid internships, with a $200,000 grant to research racial inequities in internship programs across the country. The group Pay Our Interns was founded by interns who gathered data showing 90% of members of the U.S

Florida colleges and technical schools can access grants from CARES Act funds ranging from about $100,000 to $2 million to boost technical certification programs. (Pixabay)
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The state of Florida is hoping to stabilize the economy by enhancing the skills of its workforce through technical certification programs. The "Get There Florida" campaign was launched to highlight the number of available short-term, high-value technical education programs at t

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