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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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Police use of force was a major focus during Washington state's legislative session. (adonis_abril/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state's police reform measures are receiving praise, including from Department of Corrections employees. It has been a little over a year since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, and Washington lawmakers responded this session with 12 new laws that resha

Under the Trump administration, 234 judges were appointed to the federal bench. (Joe Wolf/Flickr)

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SEATTLE -- The change from the Trump to Biden administrations means a different approach to appointing federal judges. President Donald Trump inherited more than 100 vacancies because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to confirm most of President Barack Obama's appointments in his fina

The families of people killed in police shootings have led the charge on reforms in Washington state. (Dimo Fedortchenko/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Police reform has been a major theme of the Washington legislative session this year. Lawmakers passed bills that ban certain police tactics such as chokeholds, adopt a de-escalation standard that makes deadly force a last resort, and make it easier to decertify officers for miscond

Twenty states and the District of Columbia automatically restore a person's right to vote once they're released from prison. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington lawmakers could restore voting rights for people after they've been released from prison. House Bill 1078 would allow people convicted of a felony who are not in confinement to be eligible to cast their ballots. Christopher Poulos, executive director of the Washington

A coalition representing more than 14,000 police officers are giving the thumbs up to many reform efforts in Washington state. (Diego Gomez/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A broad coalition of groups and unions representing law enforcement and corrections officers are applauding Washington state lawmakers for their work this session. The groups have supported or remained neutral on seven bills in the Legislature this year that address issues of acco

About four in five people in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody were in privately run facilities as of January 2020. (Common Language Project/Flickr)

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TACOMA, Wash. -- President Joe Biden signed an executive order this week ending the federal use of private prisons, but the order does not include privately run immigration facilities, like the Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma. Formerly known as the Northwest Detention Center, the facility

More than 200 federal judges have been appointed since President Trump took office.(Mariakray/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- A lot of focus is on the likely confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court today. But federal judicial appointments to lower courts could be just as crucial to the legacy of the Trump presidency. Larry Shannon, government affairs director at the Washington State Associa

The rate of Black and Latinx young people admitted to jails has fallen faster than the rate for white youth during the pandemic. (luaeva/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- Fewer young people are being admitted to jails because of COVID-19, according to data from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. And the drop has been bigger for youth of color than their white peers. Data from about a third of juvenile detention facilities finds total admissions were down

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