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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - AR: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Dr. Gordon Morgan, the first African-American professor hired by the University of Arkansas, passed away in December at age 88. (Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A new, special collection documents the work of Dr. Gordon Morgan, the first African-American professor hired by the University of Arkansas. Morgan was hired in 1969 as an associate professor of sociology, at a time when few faculty members of color could be found at predomina

According to federal data, there are now more women in the U.S. workforce than men, with women occupying 50.04% of positions. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A bill in Congress that would ensure pregnant women aren't fired from their jobs for requesting reasonable accommodations in the workplace has received bipartisan approval by the House Education and Labor Committee, and should soon move to the House floor for a vote. The Pregn

Backers say an initiative on the midterm election ballot to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas would benefit the entire state economy. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For the second time in five years, Arkansas voters will get the chance to increase the state's minimum wage on Election Day. Issue 5 on Tuesday's ballot, if approved, would raise the base pay for Arkansas workers from the current $8.50 an hour to $11 an hour by 2021. Jona

Pregnant women report a lack of medical care and use of shackles while in ICE custody in recent months.  (Twenty20)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – This week, members of Congress will continue their push for an investigation into the detention of pregnant women in Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities. Numerous reports of pregnant women miscarrying and lacking proper health care in ICE custody were made publ

A new study shows that African-Americans in Arkansas are behind residents of many other states when it comes to economic and social equality. (iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Progress toward economic and social equality for African-Americans in Arkansas lags behind many other states, according to a new study. A new WalletHub survey showed there is a lot of ground to make up in order for the state to realize civil rights leaders' dreams of equality

GRAPHIC: The Arkansas Secretary of State's office lists the kinds of IDs that a voter must have to vote. Graphic from the Secretary of State's website.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Confusion caused by Arkansas's voter ID law might mean serious problems as folks go to the polls for the primary. Last year's law requires Arkansans to present a photo ID to vote. But it's under a legal cloud, and as with similar laws in other states, may be ruled uncons

According to federal figures, nearly 5000 pre-school kids were suspended from school in the most recent year. A disproportionate number were minority children. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost 5000 American children have been suspended from pre-school for behavior issues, acording to the latest federal figures, and a disproportionate number were minority kids. According to Jerri Derlikowski, education policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Families and Chil

Oscar Perez is in the U.S. without permission, but since coming to this country at 17 he's built a life and business that presently employs three. PHOTO of Oscar and his children at home, courtesy of Amanda Perez.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Behind all the immigration debates and statistics are real people, such as Amanda Paris Perez. Perez was born and raised in Rogers and still lives there, taking care of her two young children and helping her husband, Oscar, run a small construction firm. Oscar slipped i

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