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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

Public News Service - AR: Social Justice

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.

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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

GRAPHIC: According to a new poll performed for AARP, many older Arkansans report age discrimination.  Graphic courtesy AARP.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Older Arkansans overwhelmingly think age discrimination is a problem, an AARP survey shows, and almost all of them favor more legal protection. The poll taken last month spoke to registered Arkansas voters 50 and over. A large number said age discrimination is a reality in the wo

PHOTO: A new study finds Arkansas children, and particularly children of color, are falling behind in education and other measures of well-being. Photo courtesy the U.S. Dept. of Education.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The serious gaps in achievement for children of color in Arkansas are the subject of a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation checked the progress of America's kids and found that in Arkansas, white children are not doing especially well - but black and Latino children are doi

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the level of dark money going into U.S. elections is exploding. GRAPH by the center.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A mudslide of dark money pouring into Arkansas elections is changing the state's politics for the worse, according to watchdogs and lawmakers. A rural state with inexpensive advertising, Arkansas used to have relatively low-cost elections. But according to state Senator Joyce Ell

According to the National Priorities Project, many huge congressional spending battles including one now going on over the farm bill, could be settled by closing corporate tax loopholes. GRAPH by the NPP, based on OMB and CBO figures.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - One of the key budget issues keeping the Farm Bill stuck in congressional gridlock could be solved by closing a single tax loophole, according to budget analysts. Federal agriculture programs are on the verge of expiring, which could cause serious problems for Arkansas's farmers.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A financial analysis of which states will win or lose under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has found Arkansas taxpayers are set to benefit a great deal. The personal finance website and social network WalletHub projects that the state should be near

Arkansas police address thousands of incidents a year at schools, and some say the state is inadvertently jailing young offenders who don't need to be locked up. PHOTO courtesy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Police are responding to thousands of incidents at Arkansas schools. Some say that is crowding the juvenile justice system with young offenders who do not need to be jailed. According to Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families (AACF), police file more than 3,000 incident repor

PHOTO: Former EPA Administrator and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman says the government shutdown is delaying efforts to make the nation's chemical plants safer.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With many safety inspections suspended because of the federal government shutdown, observers say there's an increasing risk for workers. At least half of the staff members at federal safety agencies are furloughed, and many operations that normally keep workers safe on the job ha

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