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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


2020Talks - August 12, 2020 


California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Public News Service - MD: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic can put domestic abuse victims at risk, and with less access to vital services. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Although Maryland courts are closed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, domestic-abuse victims can still seek protective orders during the pandemic. Sheltering in place can be dangerous for people trapped in close quarters with abusive partners, says Dorothy Lennig, legal

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act also requires that businesses that employ 14 or fewer employees provide unpaid sick and safe leave for certain employees. (William Brawley/Flickr)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A new law requiring many Maryland employers to provide paid sick leave has officially gone into effect, despite Gov. Larry Hogan's attempt to kill the bill last year. With business groups on his side, Hogan's veto was seen as a big victory for business until the General Asse

A new Maryland law requires that evidence of sexual assault be kept for 20 years. (Roxanne Ready/Flickr)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Thanks to the Maryland General Assembly's rapid response and passage of several laws to help victims of sexual assault, some victim advocates say the state is leading the country in its handling of sexual harassment and assault cases. Last year, several laws took effect, inc

With school soon back in session, teachers are being called upon to help spot human-trafficking victims. (ca.gov)

BALTIMORE — Indictments this week in a human-trafficking ring in Prince George's County bring to light the on-going issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. While there is more awareness about sexual assault and human trafficking, there is still not enough progress when it comes t

Maryland is one of four states selected to pilot an anti-dating violence program for students ages 11 to 14. (Veronica Carter)

BALTIMORE – Baltimore is one of four cities around the country where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is conducting a study. The goal is to see how to get the message across to teens that no relationship is worth getting hurt. It's Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Pre

PHOTO: Resiliency is considered a protective factor for kids in the world of preventing child abuse and neglect, as well as an important skill in healing from abuse. An expert says the skill can be taught. Photo credit: cat6719/pixabay.com

BALTIMORE - Being resilient helps protect families during times of stress, and helps with healing when there has been abuse or neglect. Resilience is a child-abuse prevention strategy being employed in Maryland, and Pat Stanislaski, director at Partnering for Prevention, says research shows some peo

Photo: A new Justice Department report shows sexual abuse still plagues detention facilities, despite law passed 10 years ago. Photo credit: Microsoft images

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - It's been ten years since Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act, but a new Justice Department inmate survey shows sexual violence still plagues U.S. detention facilities. The report says the Baltimore City Detention Center has one of the highest rates of staff and inmate s

Photo: Navy veteran Brian Lewis, of Baltimore, wants the President to issue an executive order to help military sexual assault victims. Photo credit: Protect Our Defenders

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - President Obama is under new pressure to deal with military sexual assaults after a new report shows the number of incidents increased by more than a third in the last year. Navy veteran Brian Lewis, of Baltimore, who recently testified before a U.S. Senate committee about being rap

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