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PNS Daily Newscast - June 2, 2020 


President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - OH: Civic Engagement

Groups need to collect more than 452,000 valid Ohio voter signatures to get a constitutional amendment added to the Nov. 3 ballot. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio groups trying to put ballot measures before voters in November won't have to go door-to-door looking for support. A federal judge ruled this week that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state must allow petition signatures to be gathered electronically, and pushed the col

Ohio is looking at consolidating polling places, but voting-rights groups want to make sure the new vote centers are convenient and allow for social distancing. (MargJohnsonVA/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Voter Rights Coalition is pressing for a number of voting reforms to make voting safer and more convenient in the November election and beyond. The group supports Senate Bill 191, which would make it possible to order an absentee ballot online. Jen Miller, executive di

Ohio's secretary of state says about 25% of voters routinely vote by absentee ballot. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- March 17 has passed, but Ohio's 2020 presidential primary is not over. Because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the closure of polling locations, Ohioans now can vote by mail until April 28. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says the state already has a convenien

Ohio's voting sites would not open for the state's postponed primary under a new vote-by-mail-only plan. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Civil-rights groups caution that Ohio's new plan to address the state's postponed primary could deprive people of their right to vote. To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine closed the polls for the state's March 17 primary. House Bill 197 was passed by the Legi

Ohioans can vote by absentee ballot for the upcoming primary through next Monday. (M. Kuhlman)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the Ohio primary less than a week away, election officials don't want COVID-19 to become a hindrance to democracy. Secretary of State Frank LaRose has been working with local election officials and health departments to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission on Elec

Roughly 460,000 voters were removed from Ohio's rolls in 2019, primarily due to inactivity. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For Ohioans, an important deadline for the 2020 election is here. Today (Tues., Feb. 18) is the final day to register for Ohio's March 17 primary election, when voters will narrow the field of candidates on the November ballot for the presidential race, as well as the state's 16 co

Nearly 80,000 people have signed an online petition protesting changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rural areas of Ohio and other states could bear the brunt of upcoming changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. An estimated 45,000 Ohioans are at risk of losing food assistance in April when a new Trump administration rule goes into effect tightening the work requir

Does Senate Bill 33 chill free speech or protect public safety? (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio House committee could vote today to approve so-called "anti-protest" legislation. The House Public Utilities Committee is holding its seventh hearing on Senate Bill 33, which would increase penalties for those who physically damage or tamper with critical infrastruct

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