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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - CT: Social Justice

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

Reform advocates hope the next chief state’s attorney will support closing Connecticut's supermax prison, the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers. (aquatarkus/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut needs a new chief state's attorney, and criminal justice reform advocates want to know where the candidates for the job stand on issues of mass incarceration and racial justice. With the resignation of Kevin Kane earlier this month, the Criminal Justice Commissi

Only 32% of people in a recent survey said they knew

HARTFORD, Conn. – The open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins Friday, and health care advocates are advising people to read the fine print before deciding on a new policy. The advocacy group Consumers for Quality Care sponsored a survey that found jus

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

Student athlete Terry Miller says,

HARTFORD, Conn. – A conservative religious law firm has filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education on behalf of three Connecticut girls who maintain that allowing transgender girls to play school sports on girls' teams is a violation of Title IX. The complaint singl

Wayzaro Walton, center, with her wife and daughter, both of whom are U.S. citizens. (Hartford Deportation Defense)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Hartford-area residents are rallying outside an ICE detention center near Boston today to demand the release of a woman detained for a criminal conviction despite having received a full pardon. A United States resident for almost 30 years, Wayzaro Walton was arrested by Immigratio

States have seen increases in voter participation after enacting early voting. (Lisa F. Young/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. - A resolution to let Connecticut voters weigh in on allowing early voting failed to get enough votes in the Senate to be on next year's ballot, but it can come back. Connecticut is one of only 11 states that doesn't allow early voting. To change that requires amending the state Con

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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