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PNS Daily Newscast - June 2, 2020 


President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - CT: Civil Rights

Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced she will send absentee-ballot applications to all registered voters. (Flickr_1)

WEST HARTFORD, Ct. -- A movement is growing to press the Legislature to make vote-by-mail easier in November in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Last night, the West Hartford Special Advisory Committee on Social and Community Recovery voted to ask the full council to support a resolution calling on s

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

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

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

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