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PNS Daily Newscast - April 8, 2020 


COVID-19 prompts a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, a push for postal banking, and for grocery workers to be treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 


Wisconsin held its primary yesterday in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Public News Service - NY: Human Rights/Racial Justice

NYC Care will cover New York City residents, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has affirmed that every city resident will have access to comprehensive health care, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status. Speaking on national television Tuesday morning, the mayor unveiled the proposed NYC Care program, to reach th

Ten states, including Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, have legalized recreational marijuana. (vjkombajn/pixabay)

NEW YORK – Drug policy reform advocates are confident that in 2019 New York will join the rush of states legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The Empire State was slow in allowing extremely limited use of medical marijuana. But some advocates say what may have seemed inconceivable just

Only 9 percent of freshmen at New York’s selective public universities are black. (pxhere)

ALBANY, N.Y. — A new study shows that selective public colleges nationwide admit disproportionately low numbers of black and Latino students, while receiving more funding per student. The study, from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, found that all 41 states th

The proposed gender definition would eliminate federal recognition of an estimated 1.4 million transgender Americans. (Andrea Sears)

NEW YORK - Advocates for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people say a policy being considered by the Trump administration would be illegal. The policy, which would restrict a person's gender to "male" or "female" as assigned at birth, is outlined in a memo from the Department o

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and attorneys general from Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington are fighting back against the Trump administration's threat to withhold federal law enforcement grants. (NY AG)

NEW YORK — Six attorneys general filed suit on Wednesday to block the Trump administration from putting anti-immigrant conditions on federal funds that states and localities use for law enforcement. The complaint argues the Justice Department doesn’t have the authority to impose new co

Civil rights advocates say adding a citizenship question to the census will discourage immigrant participation. (U.S. Census Bureau)

NEW YORK — A lawsuit filed Wednesday asks a federal court to stop the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The lawsuit was filed by the American and New York Civil Liberties Unions on behalf of immigrant-rights organizations. The suit charges that the order to include the q

Nine states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. (@katebilyeu via Twenty20)

ALBANY, New York – Marijuana legalization is a racial and economic justice issue - that's the message state legislators and community advocates are delivering in Albany today. Despite decriminalization, New York has been the marijuana arrest capital of the nation, with sharp racial disparities

Last year, Wall Street firms received more than $218 million in interest from financing private prisons. (MonicaVolpin/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Workers and immigrants in New York City are marking May Day by demanding that Wall Street stop profiting off the private prison industry. The protest began with an early morning march from Battery Park to the heart of the financial district. Yatziri Tovar, a media specialist at Ma

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