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PNS Daily Newscast - June 4, 2020 


Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 


The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - MD: Civil Rights

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

National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day celebrates the contributions of overlooked gay and lesbian seniors in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

BALTIMORE - Tomorrow is "National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day" - and with most Americans still quarantined from the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have moved the celebration online. Sam McClure - director of the LGBT Health Resource Center at Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore, which inaugurated

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

Students Against Hindutva are holding protests across the United States to support Muslims facing harsh treatment in India. (Students Against Hindutva)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Concern over Hindu violence against Muslims in India has spurred Indian students in the United States to launch nationwide protests Thursday in solidarity with protesters in India. The group Students Against Hindutva will demonstrate on about 21 college campuses, including Yal

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

The Colored Methodist Protestant St. John's Chapel of Baltimore County, where Howard Cooper, who was lynched in 1885, is said to be buried in an unmarked grave. (D.J. Cashmere)

By DJ Cashmere Broadcast version by Diane Bernard Reporting for the YES! Magazine Media-Maryland News Connection Collaboration ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- According to family lore, George Armwood was a happy, quiet, and hard-working young man. He could often be heard whistling and was said to have a beautifu

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