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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


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The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - IL: Social Justice

In 2020, the Chicago area saw an employment drop of more than 30%. Thousands of the city's hospitality workers were laid off. (Unite Here Local 1)

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CHICAGO - Legislation pending before the Chicago City Council would require hotels to reinstate workers who were laid off because of the pandemic to their former positions, before hiring outside replacements. Thousands of hospitality workers have lost their jobs in Chicago, and more across the coun

Educators are kicking off Black History Month with a week dedicated to sharing educational resources to fight racial bias and injustice in curricula and schools. (Bits and Splits/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- Many Illinois teachers are joining a national campaign this week, called Black Lives Matter At School, to raise awareness about structural racism in the U.S. that's often not included in standard curricula. They're advancing an agenda for schools, from including more Black and ethnic stu

A Chicago tech company aims to close the wealth gap by supporting Black entrepreneurs. (Adobe stock)

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CHICAGO - Spurred by protests calling for racial justice over the past year, a Chicago-based tech company that helps entrepreneurs is starting a new program to provide support for Black business founders. The 12-week session offers mentorship and training for African-American entrepreneurs at the

Since recreational use of marijuana became legal in Illinois in 2020, 700,000 minor cannabis records have become eligible to be expunged. (Victor Moussa/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- A little more than a year after Illinois became the eleventh state to legalize recreational cannabis, legal-aid groups are working to help residents get past cannabis convictions expunged through a state-funded program called the New Leaf Initiative. Gray Mateo-Harris, a board member of

If Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the criminal-justice package passed by the Illinois General Assembly, Illinois will be the first state to end cash bail. (RomanR/Adobe Stock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois is set to become the first state to eliminate money bond, after the General Assembly passed a criminal-justice reform package this week and sent it to the governor's desk. One part is the Pretrial Fairness Act. It would set up a new system for the courts to decide when

Banking with Community Development Financial Institutions can help underprivileged communities. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- Many people make charitable donations during the holiday season, but there's another way they can help their communities. Folks can make a difference by choosing where they put their money. Community Development Financial Institutions provide affordable financial services for communities

Researchers say Black communities are disproportionately affected by the bail-bond system. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers have the chance to ensure poverty is never the reason a person stays in jail. The Pretrial Fairness Act has been newly introduced in both chambers and would reform the state's pretrial justice system and end the use of money bond. Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chic

Police say no arrests were made during Wednesday night's

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CHICAGO - Social-justice groups are reminding Illinoisans about their rights when it comes to defending democracy. Historic numbers of voters cast ballots in the 2020 presidential election, and counts still are being finalized across the country. Activists in Illinois and other states are taking t

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