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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 - NV: Criminal Justice

After meeting for four months, the Nevada Legislature has ended its 2021 session this week. (Annette Magnus/Battle Born Progress)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. - Progressive groups are describing the just-ended legislative session as a rollercoaster year, with both victories and defeats. State lawmakers passed a landmark bill to get the ball rolling on a public option for health care, which would allow Nevadans to buy into a state-run pl

The George Floyd case has prompted dozens of protests over systemic racism nationwide. (Pikist)

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LAS VEGAS - Groups working for racial justice held a rally Tuesday night on the Las Vegas strip - a celebration and expression of relief that a Minnesota jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of murder in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was accused of kneeling on Floyd's neck for mor

Nevada's gun death rate is 40% higher than the national average, and shootings are the leading cause of death for young people in the Silver State. (Matthew/Adobe Stock)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Advocates against gun violence are urging state lawmakers to pass new laws this session to help prevent future gun deaths. Nevada has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the nation, and it's been the site of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, in Las Vegas Oct. 1

Nevada is one of 30 states that allows the death penalty, but the state hasn't carried out an execution since 2006. (Tracy King/Adobe Stock)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty is urging state legislators to use their 2021 session to end state-level executions. And members of the U.S. House say they'll act to end the federal death penalty, after three federal executions last week, all in Indiana, of Lisa

Scammers impersonating the Internal Revenue Service routinely contact people and business owners via telephone, e-mail and even regular mail. (TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Amidst fears over the new coronavirus, it's tax time. And both issues require vigilance when it comes to protecting yourself against scammers. Darrellyn Bonstell is an arbitration specialist with the Better Business Bureau in southern Nevada and says scammers hoping to steal a pe

A new study on mass shootings shows that assault-style rifles are used about 25% of the time; while handguns are most often the weapon of choice. (Ultra1s/iStockphoto)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. – Mass shootings often are preventable – and a majority of the weapons were obtained legally, according to a comprehensive federally funded study released this week from The Violence Project. Researchers found that shooters tend to have four things in common: they've

President Donald Trump faces dozens of congressional inquiries in the wake of the Mueller report, which laid out 10 instances of obstruction of justice. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Momentum toward impeachment is growing, as protesters are expected at 130 rallies across the country tomorrow, including in Las Vegas. Participants in the "day of action" are calling on Congress to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, based on the 10 in

Nevada is changing its laws to accomodate legal use of marijuana. (Growweedeasy/Morguefile)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — Gov. Steve Sisolak recently signed a trio of bills that make life easier on marijuana users now that the drug is legal for adults to possess. Assembly Bill 132 forbids employers from discriminating against job applicants if cannabis shows up on a pre-employment drug test.

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