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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - MA: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Supporters of the transgender community will rally this weekend in Boston ahead of the presidential inauguration to show support for gains made by the LGBTQ community. (Jane Doe, Inc.)

BOSTON – With just one week to go before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, members of the LGBTQ community will be out in force this weekend in Boston for what organizers call the Trans and Queer Liberation Rally. Michelle Tat, an executive committee member with the Massachusetts Tra

The ACLU will be in court this morning, asking a judge for emergency relief so that three Bay State residents can vote Tuesday. (Mass.Gov)

BOSTON -- A court will decide Monday whether three Bay Staters will get to cast a ballot on Election Day. It's part of a bigger challenge to the Commonwealth's 20-day voter registration cutoff law. Legislative counsel Gavie Wolfe with the ACLU of Massachusetts said the courts take voting rights ver

Faith and civil rights leaders responded (Thursday) to a lawsuit filed on behalf of four Massachusetts churches that says the state's Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law forces them to violate core beliefs. (AxelBoldt/wikimedia)

BOSTON – Faith and civil rights leaders responded to the lawsuit filed on behalf of four local churches that allege the state's Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law forces them to violate their core beliefs. The law took effect on Oct. 1 and allows, among other things, people to use the bathro

Local advocates for renters' rights say far too many Massachusetts residents are living on the edge of homelessness. (RightToTheCity)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Advocates for renters' rights say too many tenants in the Bay State live each day on the edge of homelessness. The median income in Springfield is $35,000, but many residents struggle to pay local housing costs because they earn far less, according to Michelin Bewsee, ex

Backers of a new Massachusetts law say restroom choice is only the beginning in the state's efforts to fight discrimination in public accommodations. (DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile)

BOSTON - It was dubbed the "bathroom bill," but a measure signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker on Friday bans discrimination against transgender people in all public accommodations in the Commonwealth. Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz said in light of the anti-LGBTQ laws being enacted in other states,

Human-rights activists who attended the Boston vigil for the Orlando shooting victims say it is wrong to single out Muslims. (Chris Flynn)

BOSTON -- Human-rights activists in the Commonwealth are expressing support for President Obama's comments in the wake of the shooting in Orlando, Fla. The president condemned Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from the United States. In the wake of Sunday's Orlando nightclub massacre, Obama sa

The future of mandatory minimum sentencing is now in the hands of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. (Swampyank/English Wikipedia)

BOSTON - It is now up to the state's highest court to determine whether a judge in a drug case can impose a sentence lower than the mandatory minimum under state law. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments last week. ACLU of Massachusetts legal director Matt Segal argues

Immigrants' advocates in the Commonwealth say Donald Trump's popularity doesn't surprise them, given  Massachusetts' conservative attitudes about immigrants' issues. (Michael Vadon)

BOSTON – Advocates for the immigrant community in the Commonwealth took to the State House steps on Wednesday to voice their displeasure with the way the issue of immigration is being treated this election season. Patricia Montes, executive director of the immigrants' rights group Centro Pres

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