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PBS Daily Newscast - July 8, 2020 


Mary Trump's book labels our president a reckless leader who paid a pal to take his SAT test; Nevada lawmakers meet to address pandemic shortfall.

2020Talks - July 8, 2020 


The Movement for Black Lives announces a new proposal to overhaul policing and invest in Black communities; NJ and DE have primary elections today; and some political candidates join in a Facebook advertising boycott.

Public News Service - NY: Civil Rights

A recent <a href=report says solitary confinement in federal and state prisons has increased 500% due to the COVID pandemic. (boscorelli/Adobe Stock)">

NEW YORK -- As New York moves to reform police practices, human rights advocates say the state needs to end the use of solitary confinement in prisons, too. Solitary confinement lasting more than 15 days is recognized by the United Nations as a form of torture. But in New York, prisoners are sub

The U.S Supreme Court ruling calls the Trump administration's action to rescind the DACA program

NEW YORK - The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday rejected the Trump administration's attempt to end a program that allows undocumented immigrants who arrived as children to live and work in this country without fear of deportation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA was created

The Supreme Court ruled that firing a person for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is discrimination based on sex. (renaschild/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers are protected from employment discrimination by federal law. Monday's 6-3 ruling found that firing an employee for being gay or transgender violates Title 7 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. According to O

Advocates say police violence against peaceful protesters has amplified calls for accountability. (Peter Kim/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state lawmakers are expected to act on police reform bills this week, including a repeal of a law that shields police officers' disciplinary records from public scrutiny. Civil rights law 50-a has been on the books for 44 years, but the killing of George Floyd in Minneapol

Online voting systems allow people with disabilities to vote independently and privately. (Dob's Farm/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- A federal lawsuit claims many people with disabilities are being excluded from New York state's expanded absentee ballot program. To help keep voters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, New York is allowing anyone to apply for an absentee ballot that can be mailed in rather than going to

Families and advocates demand testing of all incarcerated people and clemency for those most at risk of COVID-19.  (Walter Hergt/North Star Fund)

NEW YORK -- Formerly incarcerated people and the families and communities of people now in prison held a vigil outside Fishkill Correctional Facility on Friday to demand the release of those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Congregate living quarters and little or no personal protective equipment make

Advance directives let patients decide if they want invasive medical treatment. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK - Advocates for end-of-life care options have written a letter asking the federal Health and Human Services Secretary to reverse a waiver of a federal law that requires patients to be informed of their right to refuse treatment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued the wa

A one-week delay in reducing jail populations could mean 18,000 lives lost to COVID-19, according to a new report. (Lightfield Studios/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- A new epidemiological model released by the American Civil Liberties Union says unless jail populations are reduced immediately, the COVID-19 pandemic could claim about 100,000 more American lives, doubling current projections. There are almost 740,000 people in American jails where so

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