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PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - IL: Social Justice

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will build a new detention facility in the Chicago area.(Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO -- Starting in mid-September, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will open its first Citizens Academy, a six-week program the agency says is an opportunity for residents to learn about ICE policies and procedures. But Liz Castillo, organizer with the group Detention Watch,

Alderman Roderick Sawyer of Chicago's 6th Ward introduced an ordinance that would end the Chicago Public Schools' security agreement with the Chicago Police Department. (VOYCES)

CHICAGO -- Amid the intensifying appeals to rethink the role of police in cities across the country, there's a new push to end the police presence in Chicago schools. An ordinance announced Tuesday calls for Chicago Public Schools to terminate its $33 million contract with the Chicago Police Depart

Black ministers on the front lines of racism and police violence say the nation is at a catalytic moment in history. (AdobeStock)

CHICAGO -- Faith leaders in Illinois are joining others from around the country as prophetic witnesses to respond to the national unrest. The Christian Community Development Association hosted an online "Catalyze the Moment" conversation on Wednesday, featuring black ministers on the front lines o

Research shows that automatic transfer laws disproportionately impact youth of color. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- New research suggests that, if given time for proper review, Illinois could greatly reduce the number of juvenile cases that are sent to adult court and, in turn, give youth in trouble a better shot at redemption. In 2015, the legislature limited the automatic transfer of case

An estimated 250,000 people are jailed in Illinois awaiting trial, largely because they can't afford to pay the cash bail amount that was set. (Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently revealed his intention to end the use of cash bail or what is known as "money bond" in Illinois, and it's an effort advocates for criminal justice reform hope state lawmakers will get behind. Sharlyn Grace, executive director of the Chicago Community Bond Fun

Refugees have resettled in more than 600 counties across the United States. (Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Now that President Donald Trump's executive order changing the refugee resettlement process has gone into effect, critics say they are less worried about states and communities refusing to accept refugees and more concerned about the administration's overall strategy to curtail

Researchers say criminalizing children can cause long-term harm to their overall development. (kayasit/Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO – More than a century after the world's first juvenile court was established in Illinois, advocates are still fighting to ensure that children accused of crimes aren't treated the same as adults. At the Juvenile Justice Initiative's "Re-Imagine Justice Summit" in Chicago yesterday, t

One in five Illinoisans lives with a physical or mental disability that affects their daily functioning. (Agence DER/Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO – Legislation that has changed the lives of millions of Americans, including nearly one in five Illinoisans, marks its 29th anniversary today. The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on June 26, 1990, and is considered the most significant piece of civil-rights legislat

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