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PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 


The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 2, 2020 


Richmond, Virginia joins other states removing its Confederate monuments, despite ardent resistance from the president. Plus, Senate Republicans removed a provision in the Pentagon spending bill requiring campaigns to report foreign help.

Public News Service - MD: Criminal Justice

Photo: Momsrising celebrates new Maryland gun law.(Members shown here delivering petitions to the NRA) Photo credit: Momsrising

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After watching a string of disappointments from Congress, a national women's grassroots organization is celebrating Maryland's new gun law. Today, Gov. Martin O'Malley signs legislation banning 45 types of assault weapons. It also limits gun magazines to 10 bullets and requires toug

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

PHOTO: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signs death penalty repeal today (Thursday). Photo credit: Executive Office of the Governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - With Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature, Maryland becomes the sixth state in six years to abolish the death penalty. Shari Silberstein, executive director, Equal Justice USA, said more lawmakers across the country are starting to realize capital punishment is not working. "They're se

PHOTO: Mother Meredith Olsen, an Episcopal Priest from Baltimore, shows the medal she received from running in the Boston Marathon. She is pictured with her niece. Courtesy of Olsen.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - When Mother Meredith Olsen, an Episcopal priest from Baltimore, heard explosions shortly after she crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon, she thought it was cannon fire like she occasionally hears from Fort McHenry. She quickly realized, however, that it was no patriotic de

Photo: Maryland Gun Control activists hope Congress will learn a lesson from the Maryland General Assembly. Photo: Executive Office of the Governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Just a few weeks after the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation requiring gun buyers to submit to fingerprinting, local activists are calling on Congress to pay attention. Becky Wagner, executive director of Advocates for Children and Youth, wants Maryland's law to be a na

Photo: Tens of thousands of immigration reform advocates will rally in Washington, D.C., this week. Photo courtesy: 32BJ SEIU

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Immigration reform supporters from Maryland will be among the tens of thousands rallying at the U.S. Capitol this week. They say policy victories in Maryland are helping to fuel the momentum for an overhaul of the immigration system at the national level. According to Jaime Contre

ACLU of Maryland and other groups are trying to stop a bill that would limit public defender representation. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A Maryland Senate committee is poised to vote on a bill as early as today that would change how people with low incomes are represented by public defenders. The bill would end the representation after a bail hearing and require the defendant to re-apply for help. Joanna Diamond, p

PHOTO: Maryland Legislature at an Impasse over Pit Bull Legislation. Photo credit: HSUS Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Time is running out for the Maryland General Assembly to resolve what's become a dogfight over dog bite liability. It's been a year since the Maryland Court of Appeals declared pit bulls inherently dangerous, a decision which dramatically raised the stakes in dog-bite cases for pit

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