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PNS Daily Newscast - February 27, 2020 


Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - CT: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Despite so-called ban-the-box legislation, people with a past criminal history still face job discrimination. (Pichsakul/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A majority of Connecticut voters say people who have been convicted of a crime should have a fair chance to get their lives back on track, according to a recent poll. The poll, conducted for the American Civil Liberty Union's Campaign for Smart Justice, found that 70% of Democra

Critics say ICE courthouse arrests make immigrants who either are witnesses or victims of crime reluctant to appear in court. (K. Gardner, U.S. ICE)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Immigrants' rights advocates are praising Connecticut Attorney General William Tong's efforts to stop courthouse immigration arrests in the state. This week, Tong joined a group of 14 state attorneys general filing amicus briefs supporting a Washington state lawsuit against Immig

Black and Hispanic children in Connecticut are far more likely to go to emergency rooms because of asthma than their white peers. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut is often cited as one of the healthiest states in the nation, but a new report finds large gaps in health between white residents and people of color. The report from the Connecticut Health Foundation shows that children and teens of color are far more likely to go to

Immigration advocates fear the new rule will lead to massive ICE raids in communities across the country. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Immigrants' rights advocates say a new rule expanding fast-track deportations is unconstitutional, and they've filed suit in a federal court to try to stop it. The new rule went into effect July 23. Before then, undocumented immigrants apprehended within 100 miles of the bo

The arrest rate for Latino students was six times higher at schools with School Resource Officers. (gerasimov174/adobestock)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A new report says the presence of police officers in schools does not appear to enhance safety or improve academic achievement. The report, from Connecticut Voices for Children, compared schools with and without School Resource Officers during the 2015 to 2016 school year.

License plate readers may record drivers' precise location dozens of times a day. (Aleksejs Bergmanis/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Ct. — Recently released records show that eight law-enforcement agencies in Connecticut are helping federal immigration authorities with their surveillance efforts. The records, released by the American Civil Liberties Union, showed agencies in Fairfield, Westport, Enfield, Wethers

Criminal-justice advocates say discrimination based on a person's past criminal record extends punishment long after release. (@skywardkick/Twenty20)

HARTFORD, Conn. - State legislators held a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would expand Connecticut's civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination based on a person's criminal history. The General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee heard testimony on House Bill 6921. The first bill of i

In 2018, Connecticut reported the lowest crime rate in 50 years. (ErikaWittlieb/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Bills to end discrimination against people who've been arrested and to promote transparency in prosecutors' offices are top priorities for criminal justice reform advocates in Connecticut this year. With a new governor and 41 new state lawmakers, the advocacy groups outlined

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