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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.

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A new Gallup survey shows more than 60% of Americans say they know

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Dallas -- Juneteenth National Independence Day is now an official holiday, after President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday, approved by both the US Senate and House of Representatives. Also known as Black Emancipation Day, Liberation Day and Jubilee Day, it's celebrated on June 19, which marks th

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AUSTIN, Texas - At a roundtable on public safety yesterday with law enforcement officials from across the state, Gov. Greg Abbott targeted Austin in his efforts to influence legislation at the State Capitol. The Republican said the state must pass laws that give cities a clear choice - either fulf

Every year, an estimated 218,000 young people are admitted to detention facilities nationwide, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (gabrielberophs/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Arrests that land young people in the Texas juvenile-justice system have dropped since the coronavirus pandemic began, mirroring a national trend, according to a new analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Alycia Castillo is a youth-justice policy analyst for the Texas Criminal

The overall incarceration rate in the United States is 700 inmates per 100,000 people, but in Texas it's nearly 900. The average cost of incarceration is $22,000 per inmate, per year. (Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas – Leading companies in the United States, and trade groups representing more than 60 percent of the U.S. workforce, have committed to change their recruiting practices and embrace people with criminal backgrounds, which includes nearly one in three American adults. Johnny C. Ta

Thousands of older Texans are victims of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation each year. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)
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AUSTIN, Texas — The number of Texans age 65 and over is expected to double by 2030, and advocacy groups say increased investments by the state would help ensure they are protected from exploitation. It's estimated that older adults in the U.S. are exploited for tens of billions of dollars ea

The majority of people who commit violent acts don't have a diagnosable mental-health condition, but survivors face risks. (Pxhere)

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SANTA FE, Texas – As Santa Fe High School students head back into the classroom today, mental-health experts want them to know that help is available. Holly Doggett, the executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says students headed back into classro

People on death row in Texas prisons can often spend a decade or more waiting for appeals to work their way through the federal court system. (Twenty20)

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AUSTIN, Texas – Death-penalty opponents say a request by Texas officials to limit the amount of time people on death row have to appeal their sentences could result in some who are innocent being executed. Texas has asked the Justice Department to allow the state to use a federal law that li

A new study shows that the number of women sent to prisons in Texas has increased by more than 900 percent since 1980. (Alina555/GettyImages)

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AUSTIN, Texas – Prison reform advocates say too many of the 12,000 women in Texas prisons don't need to be behind bars. A study by the nonpartisan Texas Criminal Justice Coalition finds that more than two-thirds of the state's female inmates were convicted of nonviolent offenses and recommen

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