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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - MN: Civil Rights

Asian-Americans in Minnesota say they've been discriminated against through verbal backlash, as well as poor service, as a result of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Advocates for Minnesota's Asian-American community say they're happy to see a new state helpline for discrimination incidents resulting from the pandemic. But one group says efforts shouldn't stop there. The state established the phone line this week for victims or witnesses, sin

Supporters of Equal Rights Amendments say they can level the field for women, but can also be helpful for men in a variety of ways, including parental rights. (Mike Moen/PNS)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesotans advocating for an Equal Rights Amendment say they're encouraged by progress made at the national level earlier this year -- but that isn't stopping their state-level efforts. The federal amendment, which would prohibits discrimination based on sex, reached a mileston

The FBI says Minnesota saw a nearly 15% decline in hate crimes in 2018, but authorities say many of these incidents go unreported. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers might soon consider a bill that would broaden the scope of the state's hate crime policies. The legislation would expand efforts to report incidents, enhance training for law enforcement when investigating such crimes and make it easier to prosecute those who

Minnesota policymakers have long struggled with their approach in reducing achievement gaps in schools. (Adobe Stock)

ST PAUL, Minn. - Calling it a big first step, supporters of a proposed state constitutional amendment dealing with education equality say they're energized now that a bill has been introduced. Formal legislation was unveiled in the Minnesota House this week. The move follows a new campaign led by

Last year, 14 community members and one law-enforcement officer died in Minnesota in deadly-force encounters. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A new report offers nearly 30 recommendations for reducing deadly police shootings in Minnesota, but one watchdog group says the findings fall well short of meeting that goal. This week's report -- from a group of law-enforcement officials, community leaders, academics and others --

Minnesota has long struggled with gaps in test scores and graduation rates for various student groups. (Tamarcus Brown/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota would update language concerning education for students of all backgrounds. But an advocacy group says other racial gaps need to be addressed as well. Last week, former state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Federal

Minnesota labor officials say nearly 40,000 workers in the state each year are the victims of wage theft. (massclu.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is six months into a new era of wage theft enforcement. The state recently adopted a law that makes it a felony for employers who cheat workers out of pay. And one expert said it's not surprising to see these new laws, but challenges still remain. Minnesota's wage-theft

A new national report says progress is being made in closing racial gaps in prison populations. Among women, the disparity in black and white imprisonment rates has dropped from 6-to-1 to 2-to-1. (Matthew Henry/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's been positive movement in reducing racial gaps in prison populations across the United States, according to a new report. However, there's a long way to go to eliminate the lingering disparities – including in Minnesota. The report from the Council on Criminal

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