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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


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The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - CA: Social Justice

A new report calls for a big increase in Cal Grants, which would allow more students of color to attend college. (Quince Creative/Pixabay)

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LOS ANGELES - Two new reports highlight disparities in California colleges that put African-American students at a disadvantage. The study "Follow the Money" says California systematically underinvests in Black degree attainment, spending almost twice as much per student in the Cal State Universit

California's eugenics program is believed to have sterilized 20,000 women behind bars between 1909 and 1979. (Kconnors/Morguefile)

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By Ray Levy Ureda for Yes! Media. Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service Collaboration SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kelli Dillon was only 24 when a surgeon at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla decided that she w

Multiple bills address the recommendations of an advisory committee formed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to examine racial equity in California's criminal-justice system. (Public Domain Pictures/Pixabay)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Today is the last day for bills to be introduced in Sacramento - and supporters of criminal-sentencing reform have filed nine proposals, all intended to make the system more just for people of all races. The bills would follow through on recommendations made in a new report fr

Video from the advocacy group Compassion and Choices on medical aid-in-dying legislation in California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new bill would make California's aid-in-dying law accessible to more people. Senate Bill 380, introduced on Wednesday, would remove the ten-year sunset clause from the 2015 End-of Life Option Act. State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman - D-Stockton - a coauthor of the bill, sa

Don Pedro Montes Vargas is one of an estimated 27,000 undocumented seniors who could benefit from an expansion of Medi-Cal. (Health-Access CA)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The push is on to expand Medi-Cal to include more undocumented residents. The Health4All coalition kicked off its 2021 efforts in support of Senate Bill 56, which would expand Medi-Cal to include low-income undocumented seniors, and Assembly Bill 4, which would open the progra

Within five days of taking office, President Joe Biden made good on a pledge to reverse the ban on transgender people in the military. (MxRuben/Morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- LGBTQ+ groups are celebrating President Joe Biden's executive order reversing a Trump-era ban on transgender people in the military. The ban took effect in April 2019 and also prevented transgender people from enlisting, joining the Reserve Officers' Training Corps or attendin

A Payroll Protection Program loan from Self-Help Federal Credit Union saved the Brighter Beginnings clinic in Richmond from devastating layoffs. (Brandi Rollins)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- During the holiday season, many people make charitable contributions, but there's another way to help the community recover from COVID-19 without spending a dime. Groups that work for social justice say you can make a difference by choosing a financial institution based on th

California has some of the highest rents in the country, something experts say has fueled a huge increase in homelessness. (Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Groups that advocate for renters are hoping Californians will vote on Tuesday to make it easier for cities and counties to pass or expand rent control. Proposition 21 would allow rent control for properties built before 2005, lifting restrictions that were put in place by the

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