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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 - IL: Education

New research shows thousands of mothers across the country have been stepping up as effective advocates for changes in the juvenile-justice system. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As families celebrate Mother's Day this weekend, a new report says thousands will be feeling the pain of separation instead because a child is behind bars. The "Mothers at the Gate" report from the Institute for Policy Studies details how some family members are challenging the

As heroin use continues to rise in Illinois, a private substance abuse network is opening one of the first so-called sober dorms in the Midwest. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - A sober-living residence program for college-age adults is expanding in Illinois. The so-called sober dorm is slated to open in early July on Chicago's north side. The privately-funded recovery home will be run by the Rosecrance Health Network. This comes on the heels of a Roosevelt Univ

New research shows some international news coverage unnecessarily links the Islamic faith to acts of extremist violence. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - With the March Madness basketball tournament under way, social justice advocates are releasing their own version of the Elite Eight: the eight most-quoted sources in news articles about extremism. To create their list, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) looked throug

A new website aims to help Illinois voters find candidate information faster and easier. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With Illinois' upcoming primary on March 15, state voters have a new tool to help them become better informed on local and national candidates. The new Voter's Edge Illinois website hosts candidate profiles, ballot measure summaries and even information on who is funding

Low-income and workers' rights groups say Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address is more of the same. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some unions, health-care workers and low-income advocacy groups are saying Gov. Bruce Rauner's second budget address is more of the same. As the state continues a historic budget battle, social service and higher-education programs have seen huge cuts. Activists such as Toby Cho

As Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to give his second budget address, a watchdog says the state budget is on autopilot. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As the budget battle in Illinois continues, a government watchdog group says the state's finances have been running on "autopilot." Gov. Bruce Rauner is to give his second budget address today to lay out priorities for next year - but the state has been operating for about eight

February is Financial Aid Awareness, and Illinois educators are urging students to apply sooner rather than later. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As many Illinois colleges continue to struggle with their finances during the state's budget impasse, college students are still being encouraged to fill out their financial aid forms. The budget stalemate has delayed funding for the Illinois Monetary Award Program, refer

Illinois community activists want public funding restored for education and after school programs. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Ahead of Gov. Bruce Rauner's second State of the State Address today, community activists are calling attention to how the Illinois budget impasse is affecting their lives. Illinois is about to enter its eighth month without a budget, which has led to severe cutbacks for many st

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