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PNS Daily Newscast - August 4, 2020 


Despite Trump threat, NV Gov. Sisolak signs expanded vote-by-mail into law; Trump wants Treasury to get percentage of any TikTok deal.


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Trump threatens Nevada with litigation for passing a bill to send ballots to all registered voters. Plus, primaries today in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

Public News Service - MD: Social Justice

Residents of Washington, D.C., have no voting representation in Congress, despite paying the highest federal taxes per capita in the nation. (Adobe Stock)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Spurred on by recent anti-racism protests around the country, today the U.S. House is voting to make the District of Columbia the 51st state. The historic vote is the first on the issue since 1993, and seeks to correct what is seen as a longtime injustice rooted in racism, accor

Maryland's largest county has joined at least 20 other cities and counties in declaring racism a public health crisis. (Adobe Stock)

SILVER SPRING, Md. - As protests against George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer continue a national reckoning with inequality, this week Maryland's most populous county has declared racism a public health crisis. The resolution's sponsor, Montgomery County Council member Will Jawando

Protesters gather outside the burning Minneapolis 3rd Police precinct on May 28, 2020. (Wikimedia Commons)

By Jill McCorkel for The Conversation Broadcast version by Diane Bernard for Maryland News Connection Reporting for The Conversation-Public News Service Collaboration BALTIMORE -- As protests against police violence and racism continue in cities throughout the U.S., the public is learning that seve

Thousands of Marylanders still haven't received mail-in ballots, just four days away from the state's June 2 presidential primary election. (Adobe Stock)

BALTIMORE - Delays of mail-in ballots from Maryland's Board of Elections are threatening the statewide presidential primary on Tuesday, according to voting-rights activists. Folks in parts of Baltimore and Montgomery County still haven't received their ballots for the June 2 election, which was re

Latinos have the highest rate of COVID-19 infection of any race or ethnic group in Maryland, according to the Maryland Department of Health. (Wikimedia Commons)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The coronavirus pandemic is hitting the Latino community particularly hard across the nation, and in Maryland, Latino residents in Prince George's County now may get some help. A coalition is raising funds to provide emergency assistance for the Langley Park community there, whic

Maryland officials need to do more to protect the state's prison population during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Maryland ACLU. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Public Health experts are calling for states to take extra precautions for prison populations during the coronavirus outbreak. Now, prisoners' rights groups say Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's call to use incarcerated people to make protective equipment for others shows disregard for

Foot traffic in American Chinatowns has dropped more than 50 percent since January over fears of contracting the coronavirus. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Nationwide panic over the coronavirus has sparked a rise in racist incidents against Asian-Americans in the United States. In a press conference Wednesday, President Donald Trump continued to call the infection "the Chinese virus" and argued it wasn't a racist term. But Linda J

Many prison-reform groups say solitary confinement is torture while corrections officials say it's a valuable safety tool. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Addressing concerns over the impact of solitary confinement, Maryland lawmakers are looking at two bills introduced this week aimed at reforming how state prisons use it. One House bill would prohibit releasing incarcerated people directly from segregation to the street. Another w

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