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 - MD: Social Justice

PHOTO: The ACLU wants a Maryland student's Pledge of Allegiance protest to be a teachable moment about the First Amendment.

DAMASCUS, Md. - The ACLU of Maryland wants more attention on the case of a Montgomery County teenager who is protesting the Pledge of Allegiance in school. According to ACLU staff attorney David Rocah, the pupil is quietly sitting out the pledge to protest U.S. policies in Puerto Rico, and claims sh

PHOTO: Maryland Legal Aid says deaf and blind clients are not receiving proper accommodations from public housing agencies.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland public housing agencies are failing to accommodate people with disabilities, according to Maryland Legal Aid. Staff attorney Kathy Hughes has two clients - one blind, one deaf - who have been at risk of being evicted from their homes because they didn't get communications t

Photo: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo joins a marriage equality rally at U.S. Supreme Court. Courtesy of Jamie McGonnigal,

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - They just celebrated a monumental marriage equality victory at the ballot box. Now, same-sex couples in Maryland are looking for another win at the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices heard arguments about the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines mar

PHOTO: Maryland Legal Aid agencies are sharing $7 million to help families facing foreclosure. The money comes from the National Mortgage Settlement.

BALTIMORE - More than $7 million will help about 10,000 Marylanders keep their homes. The funds come from the National Mortgage Settlement, money to settle charges of illegal activities by five of the largest mortgage servicers. About half of the state's check, $3.6 million, goes to Maryland Legal A

PHOTO: Farmworkers in the field.

BALTIMORE - Harvest season is under way in Maryland, and as farmworkers dig in so do human rights watchdogs. Wage theft, unsanitary conditions and safety concerns are among the issues on the radar, but those who want to help migrant farm workers experiencing those problems have problems of their own

BALTIMORE - Working overtime off the clock, answering employee questions during off-hours, and being classified as a lower-level employee even when acting as a manager: those are examples of "wage theft" in a new report that tracks state policies to prevent wage theft, and Maryland is like most stat

BALTIMORE - "Human rights lawyering" is a new mission for Maryland Legal Aid, which has been selected as a project partner to explore ways to integrate human rights arguments and international law into the everyday cases handled by Legal Aid. Chief Counsel Shawn Boehringer says basic human rights

BALTIMORE, Md. - Change the first five years of a child's life and you change everything, say experts at the Maryland Family Network. It staffs the Home Visiting Consortium funded by a grant from the Maryland State Department of Education. A growing body of research suggests that early experiences

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