PNS Daily Newscast - March 16, 2018 

A fatal pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami. Also on our nationwide rundown: civil-rights groups seek to block ICE arrests at Courthouses; and a bipartisan effort to restore National Parks.

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Public News Service - WI: Civic Engagement

The Republican-led state Legislature in Wisconsin has made changes in the structure of the way elections are overseen. A watchdog group says the changes have reduced the reliability of election results. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – A government watchdog group says the ouster of Wisconsin Elections Administrator Michael Haas means Wisconsinites will have diminished confidence in the result of their elections. Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, says Haas, who resigned under heavy p

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, is working to force Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to hold two special elections. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. — A group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has filed suit in Dane County Court to force Gov. Scott Walker to hold special elections in two districts. In December, two Republican state legislators, Sen. Frank Lasee of DePere and Rep. Keith Ripp of Lodi, resigned th

The Wisconsin chapter of Moms Demand Action is planning a lobby day at the State Capitol to prompt some legislative action on gun laws. (

MADISON, Wis. – The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America says ordinary people can make a change to help end gun violence in the United States. The group maintains the time to act is now on stronger gun laws and policies to protect children. Jennifer Rosen Heinz, the group̵

Most people already have the photo I.D. they will need to vote in Wisconsin's spring primary, and registration is still permitted at Wisconsin polling places on election day. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Tuesday is primary election day in Wisconsin, and polls across the state will open early in the morning. There is only one statewide race on the ballot, and that race is to narrow the number of candidates for state Supreme Court from three to two. But there are scores of lo

Vel Phillips is the first black woman to graduate from a Wisconsin law school. She is the first woman and the first African-American to be elected Secretary of State and later was elected as a judge. (WI Dept. of Public Instruction)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – As Wisconsin celebrates Black History Month, an African-American state senator is calling on Wisconsinites to work together to make progress toward the goal of equality. LaTonya Johnson, a Milwaukee Democrat, says while celebrating the state's history-making African-America

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says 20 veterans commit suicide every day. The Green Alert bill now in the Wisconsin Legislature would alert the community of a missing veteran. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – For 18 days last spring, U.S. Air Force veteran Corey Adams of Milwaukee was missing, but it took eight days before he met the criteria to warrant an official law enforcement search. Adams' body was recovered in a pond just a mile from his home. His family, which notified aut

Wisconsin's annual ceremony to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. is the oldest state celebration in the nation. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – With speeches, music, and awards, Wisconsin's official state observation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will begin at noon in the Capitol rotunda in Madison. This year's theme is "Do You Remember," featuring remarks from Milwaukee native Muhibb Dyer, who founded an org

The Supreme Court will decide this spring whether or not political boundary maps were drawn fairly in Wisconsin and Maryland, with implications for many other states. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. -- A Supreme Court decision expected this spring will likely impact the way every state draws its political boundaries. The case, Gill v. Whitford, is concerned with the way Wisconsin Republicans drew the state's political map in 2011. The process of drawing the maps, done by outside

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