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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 - IA: Social Justice

Advocates for those with disabilities say while there's been no reported incidents in Iowa, they're monitoring to see if their clients are denied health care because of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the global pandemic unfolds, advocates for those with disabilities hope these individuals don't become ignored. An Iowa group says there are a number of ways that could happen. The new coronavirus has brought us many phrases such as "social distancing" to encourage people to t

More than 3% of Iowa's adult population identifies as LGBTQ. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A new report gives Iowa a "fair" grade when it comes to policies that support its LGBTQ residents. The Movement Advancement Project report summarizes both the progress and roadblocks seen by members of the LGBTQ community in all states over the past decade. It said Iowa's overa

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has declared himself the winner of the Iowa caucuses by a margin of 6,000 votes. (Adobe Stock)

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Confusion has continued to reign over the lack of final results from Monday's presidential caucuses in Iowa. However, that didn't stop Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from declaring victory. Speaking from New Hampshire yesterday, Sanders said he was done waiting for an announcement

A report by Rutgers University this year said voter turnout for people with disabilities was up more than 8% in the 2018 midterm elections. (Sara/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In less than two months, Iowans will get their say in the presidential nominating process. As the caucuses draw closer, two groups are working to make sure residents with disabilities have a voice. Voter turnout rates indicate that Iowans with disabilities are under-repr

The Iowa chapter of the ACLU was founded in 1935, 15 years after the national organization. (ACLU of Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A two-day exhibition highlighting accomplishments of the American Civil Liberties Union ahead of its 100th anniversary next year comes to Des Moines today. Kylie Gottschalk, community engagement associate with the ACLU of Iowa, says much like the national organization, the

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Football has always been a violent game, but when three African-American men were severely injured while playing for Iowa schools in the first half of the 20th century, racism entered the debate. Talent on the gridiron combined with race is the focus of a Tuesday presentat

The largest single-year increase of anti-Semitic incidents was recorded in 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League. (jta.org)

AMES, Iowa – In the wake of the shooting deaths of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, faith leaders are speaking out about Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, known for endorsing Nazi sympathizers and tweeting white nationalist rhetoric. Letters have been sent to the state's newspapers signed

Iowa has eight prisons to house male inmates at various security risks and one to house female inmates. (ispr.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa activists will protest outside the Iowa Prison Industries office in Des Moines today in solidarity with the prison strike planned in at least 17 states. The prison strike is planned to run through September 9, the date of the 1971 Attica prison uprising in New York th

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