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PNS Daily Newscast - May 25, 2020 


Updates on Memorial Day 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic; and tomorrow is a deadline for some voters.

2020Talks - May 25, 2020 


Overseas service members and people with physical disabilities will be able to vote online this year in West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. Election security experts have some concerns.

Public News Service - FL: Social Justice

Pope Francis's environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, was published in June 2015. The document,  aimed at spurring global citizens to adopt more sustainable practices, is still a subject of discussion today. (reenablack/Pixabay)

TAMPA, Fla. - Despite all the losses, challenges and restrictions brought on by the coronavirus, some faith leaders are leaning in to help find solutions to common problems. In honor of Pope Francis' historic papal document about the environment, Catholic and evangelical clergy have gathered online

Florida voters in 2018 overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment to end the state's lifetime ban on voting for most people with felony convictions. (justgrimes/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal judge has signaled he'll find part of a Florida law restricting the voting rights of people with felony records unconstitutional. At the end of the trial Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle made it clear he intends to rule that Florida cannot force a person

The Florida Department of Corrections has 145 facilities statewide, including 50 correctional institutions, seven private partner facilities, 17 annexes, 34 work camps, three re-entry centers and more. (Pixabay/jodylehigh)<br />

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The first two deaths in Florida's prison system related to the coronavirus comes as the system is seeing a spike in both staff and people serving time testing positive for COVID-19. Just over a week ago, the Florida Department of Corrections said 12 staff members and no inmate

Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (center right), rallied at Florida's Capitol with about 600 people calling for criminal justice reform. (FRRC)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The news was spreading with excitement after a Florida appeals court affirmed the state can't stop some people released from prison from registering to vote just because they haven't paid all their court fees - but there's a caveat. The Wednesday ruling affects only the 17 peop

Florida is a closed-primary state, where only people registered as Republicans can vote in Republican primaries, and only those registered as Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries. (Ken Jones/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With Florida's online voter registration deadline quickly approaching, voting rights groups want state officials to ensure they'll be transparent about their plans to troubleshoot any potential problems. The groups - which include the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida a

At the Florida State Capitol this week, advocates of criminal-justice reform say it involves not only the rights of people who are incarcerated, but addresses state budget and prison overcrowding issues as well. (Casey Bruce-White)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Civil-rights advocates and families of people serving time in Florida prisons are rallying support for a package of prison-reform bills, including some that could help trim their loved ones' time behind bars. Kim Lawrance says her daughter was 15 when she was sentenced to prison

Demonstrators in Tallahassee Wednesday rallied to celebrate the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and speak out against legislation that would restrict teens' access to abortion. (Progress Florida)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida legislation restricting access to abortion services for pregnant teens moved closer to a floor vote on the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Wednesday. About two hours before abortion rights advocates gathered in the State Capitol to celebrate the Supreme Court's land

The Florida Legislature meets every year for 60 consecutive days. The governor says teacher pay will be one of the priorities for 2020. (Wikipedia)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Ron Desantis and Republican legislative leaders tout a booming economy, low unemployment and reduced taxes - while other observers say the true "State of the State" is bleak for working families. Desantis delivered a wide-ranging speech on accomplishments in education, hea

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