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PNS Daily Newscast - April 8, 2020 


COVID-19 prompts a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, a push for postal banking, and for grocery workers to be treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 


Wisconsin held its primary yesterday in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Public News Service - CT: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Mental health experts say prolonged isolation can worsen and even cause mental illness. (jmiller291/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lawmakers and advocates for people in prison on Tuesday are bringing a replica of a solitary confinement cell to the State Capitol as they call for reform legislation. Their point is that solitary confinement can worsen or even cause mental illness, and that prolonged isola

530 refugees, more than half from Syria, were resettled in Connecticut last year. (USAID)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – An organization that resettles refugees in Connecticut says President Trump's order halting the process has impacts beyond those detained on arrival. The executive order, signed late Friday, sparked a weekend of protests as immigrants and refugees with valid visas were detai

Conn. is starting to consider age at the time of the offense in parole hearings.  (Dieter_G/pixabay.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - U.S. Supreme Court rulings have made prisoners sentenced to life without parole as juveniles eligible for release, but a new report said very few are being granted parole. "False Hope," a national report from the ACLU, found that across the country parole boards rarely consider the

The U.S. vetting process for refugees is the most rigorous in the world. (USMC/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Organizations that help resettle people fleeing war and repression are concerned that President-elect Donald Trump's statements on refugees are out of touch with reality. Citing fears of terrorism, Trump has said he will temporarily halt resettlement of Syrian refugees and i

John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) was an ardent defender of slavery. (George Peter Alexander Healy/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A coalition of 45 organizations is staging a protest today, calling on Yale University to rename its Calhoun College. The college is named for John C. Calhoun, who served as Vice President of the United States under both John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, in the 1820s and

The declassified report details Saudi financial support for the 9/11 terrorists. (FEMA/flickr.com)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Following the declassification of a secret congressional report, Senator Richard Blumenthal and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks today are calling for passage of legislation to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its part in funding those attacks. The 28-page report i

In Connecticut, 82 percent of the people involved in taser incidents last year were unarmed. (Junglecat/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Civil rights advocates say a first-of-its-kind report on the use of tasers shows that police in Connecticut need better training. Connecticut is the first state to require annual reports on police use of the electric shock devices. According to David McGuire, legislative an

Counting prisoners as local residents gives communities with prisons some extra representation in politics. (Sean Hobson/flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. - A coalition of organizations wants Connecticut to end the practice of counting prisoners as residents of the towns where the prisons are located. It's known as "prison gerrymandering," and civil-rights advocates say it undermines the principle of "one person, one vote." Peter Wagn

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