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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: Civil Rights

Sleeping bag set up at Old Alabama Town, a historical village in Montgomery, Alabama. (Joe McGill)

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By Ruth Terry Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan Reporting for the YES! Magazine-Arkansas News Service Collaboration LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- By 1860, more than 40,000 plantations in the United States each had 20 or more enslaved Africans. Today, hundreds of those same plantations operate as museums

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)

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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

Arkansas was the latest state to experience ICE raids in recent months, with Tennessee and Ohio seeing similar raids and detainment of people suspecting of having illegal status. (Twenty20)

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ALMA, Ark. – Several families in Arkansas this week are living without loved who face charges of immigration violations after a raid in a factory in Alma. At least 28 people were taken into custody, but the women were later released. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement served the war

Four laws were approved earlier this year by Arkansas lawmakers despite similar measures having been ruled unconstitutional in several other states. (JoeRaedle/GettyImages)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions passed earlier this year by state lawmakers. The laws include a ban on a common second-trimester procedure, allow a partner or family member to block a planned abortion, force doctors to sa

Many people in Arkansas jails and prisons have mental-health issues, and state officials have created a program to divert more of them to treatment instead of incarceration. (Getty Images)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As many as 5,000 people in Arkansas jails and prisons may have mental-health issues, studies show, and state officials are taking steps to change that. The Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill to provide alternatives to jail for these people, and expand crisis intervention t

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)

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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.

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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

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