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 - NY: Gun Violence Prevention

PHOTO: New York state regulators have cracked down on retailers selling life-like toy guns, in an attempt to reduce accidental shootings by people who assume a toy gun is real. Photo credit: Travis Grawey/

NEW YORK - Five retailers including online giants Amazon and Walmart have agreed this week to stop selling realistic-looking toy guns. In a settlement agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the companies will pay more than $300,000 for violating public safety laws. Leah Gunn Ba

ALBANY, N.Y. - Supporters of public financing of elections are running a million-dollar ad campaign, hoping to convince legislators to adopt a point in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal that would create a voluntary program for political candidates to get public funding for their races. The propos

GRAPHIC: The Nassau County District Attorney was a co-sponsor of a conference this week on youth and gang violence, which is an ongoing problem on Long Island and around the state. Courtesy: NCDA.<br /><br />

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Violent youth gangs attract New York's young people, and efforts to combat that involve parents, schools, community groups and law enforcement. They all put their heads together this week at Hofstra University. Mia Zatar, executive director of the anti-gang group Strong Youth Inc.

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. - Police chiefs in central New York are calling for quality pre-K programs and a rating system to separate the good ones from the not-so-good. At a child care center in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool, the top cops of Syracuse and nearby Baldwinsville will read stories to kids and

NEW YORK - As New Yorkers prepare to recognize the achievements of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a federal holiday, the vast majority of America's black adults view these as tough or very bad times for black children, and many see poor black youth falling farther behind. A Hart poll co

NEW YORK - If times weren't hard enough for the nonprofits that fill in the gaps of society's so-called safety net, their recession-related funding cuts may be aggravated by proposals in many states, including New York, that they be hit with new fees and taxes, as part of states' plans to balance bu

New York, NY - Thursday is day four of Senate confirmation hearings on New York federal judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court. How's she doing? "Outstanding," says Emma Coleman Jordan, a Georgetown University law professor who's watching the hearings "I think that something catas

ALBANY, N.Y. - A nationwide organization of law enforcement professionals is calling on Senate Finance Committee members, including Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, to expand early childhood home nurse visitation programs. Their goal is to help prevent child abuse and neglect, which often lead to

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