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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2020 


Six Democratic presidential contenders face off in Nevada; and ballot security issues in play.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - MD: Civic Engagement

Maryland's assault weapons ban challenge has been revived after the Orlando massacre. (iStockphoto/Ultra1s)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The massive shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead has renewed efforts in Maryland to keep the state's assault weapons ban in place. The state's landmark Firearms Safety Act of 2013 is currently being challenged in court. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is s

Moms are fighting for clean air for children across the country. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Commission on Climate Change will be meeting twice this week to discuss an update being made to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The idea is to set climate pollution limits on fossil fuel power plants through 2030. Environmental groups, community lead

Protesters marched 140 miles from the Liberty Bell to Washington, D.C., to demand that Congress restore voting rights and get big money out of elections. (Democracy Spring)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Protesters are in the nation's capital after a march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the Freedom Bell in Washington. They're calling on Congress to protect elections from special-interest groups and to give every American an equal voice. Peter Callahan, communications coo

Legislation to give the terminally ill in Maryland a legal avenue to

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - More than a dozen states, including Maryland, are considering "death with dignity" legislation this year. Bills in both the House and Senate were filed, but Sen. Ronald Young, D-Frederick, withdrew his because of a lack of support. Del. Shane Pendergrass, D-Columbia, authored House

Environment America is asking Maryland and other states in the region to cut power plant emissions by another 50 percent by 2030. (Environment America)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Representatives from nine Northeastern states met recently for the first time since the Paris climate agreement to talk about cutting pollution and reducing global warming. Travis Madsen, the state campaign director for Environment America, says the next important step forwa

The Freedom To Marry campaign is over now that same-sex marriage is legal, but the group's founder says it will continue fighting for equal treatment. (Derek Paulson)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Freedom to Marry campaign is over. That isn't a bad thing, according to the man who founded the movement. Evan Wolfson says he's worked for more than 30 years to allow any couple to commit to each other legally, regardless of their sexual persuasion. Now that the United States

Montgomery County Tax-Aide volunteers prepared more than 4,500 returns in 2015. Credit: stevepb/pixabay.com

GERMANTOWN, Md. – Tax day may still be months away, but in Montgomery County efforts are already underway to recruit volunteers to give free tax assistance to low and moderate-income seniors. The AARP Tax-Aide program is the largest volunteer-run tax assistance service in the country. Kath

PHOTO: Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, says Maryland's Latino voters are watching wage issues this election. Photo courtesy of 32BJ SEIU.

BALTIMORE - According to Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, big issues for Maryland's Latino voters this election season include school funding, affordable housing, the Dream Act and wages. Contreras says a strong minimum wage is perhaps most important right now to Latinos, and he's pleased

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