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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - IA: Civil Rights

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

Iowa's caucuses are not only under fire for delay issues, but for accessibility issues as well. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa's prominent role in the presidential nominating process is now being questioned after this week's delays and technical issues. The American Civil Liberties Union says no matter what happens in the future, more Iowans need access to the process. Iowa has long held one of

The 2018 farm bill increased the payment level for practices such as cover crops, advanced grazing management and resource-conserving crop rotations. (iowabeefcenter.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers who want to weigh-in on changes to the nation's Conservation Stewardship Program have five weeks to submit comments to the United States Department of Agriculture. CSP offers farmers five-year paid contracts on working lands in an effort to control soil erosion, im

As Florida prepares for another hurricane, a majority of registered voters nationwide say climate change is an emergency, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. (12019/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A hurricane bearing down on Florida and massive fires in the Amazon rainforest are stark reminders about the changing climate, but a new poll shows party affiliation plays a large role in whether Americans think climate change is an emergency. Quinnipiac University Polling

Voter turnout among people with disabilities surpassed all other minority populations for the record-breaking 2018 midterm elections, according to a Rutgers University study. (futurity.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa will play a pivotal role in the selection of 2020 presidential candidates – but too often, Iowans living with disabilities just don't vote. About 11% of Iowans report having a disability, but that figure jumps to 30% for people age 65 and older. National Disabili

Pro-choice advocates are expected to rally at state capitols and courthouses in all 50 states today in response to Alabama's almost total ban on abortion passed last week. (aclu-ia.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Rallies will be held in six Iowa cities today following the near-total ban on abortions signed into law in Alabama last week and ongoing efforts to pass similar laws in other states. The Alabama law makes no exception in cases of rape or incest and authorizes prison senten

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

There wouldn't be cupcakes at a virtual Democratic caucus, but the idea is to make caucus attendance more accessible to all by allowing people to

DES MOINES, Iowa – A 30-day public comment period is underway in Iowa to find out how Democratic voters feel about using "virtual" caucuses in the next presidential primary. Iowa's nominating contest traditionally kicks off the presidential primary season, and has sometimes been criticized f

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