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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - PA: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Local police are not authorized to arrest people for civil immigration violations. (wademcmillan/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH - Police in northern Allegheny County will pay $175,000 for holding a naturalized U.S. citizen in jail overnight at the request of federal immigration authorities. Angelica Davila, who immigrated to the United States when she was 2, was detained during a minor traffic stop in 2011. Despi

Four members of ElderWitness were arrested by DHS on charges of obstructing the entrance to a federal building.  (Roz Dutton/ElderWitness)

PHILADELPHIA – Four senior citizens were arrested Wednesday on charges of blocking the entrance to the Philadelphia headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Dressed as the Statue of Liberty, the four members of ElderWitness, say they are outraged by the Trump administration's det

Adjusting for inflation, the median wage for African-American workers in Pennsylvania is lower now than it was in 1979.  (Drazen/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — There were some real gains for working Pennsylvanians in the last year, but a new report shows there's still a long way to go. The State of Working Pennsylvania 2019 report said for the first time in almost 20 years, wages in the Commonwealth were up across the board by abo

Civil rights advocates say making Marcy’s Law part of the Pennsylvania state Constitution would threaten the due process rights of people accused of crimes. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – An amendment to the state Constitution promoted as enshrining the rights of crime victims may be on the Pennsylvania ballot in November, but opponents fear it could do more harm than good. Marcy's Law passed in the Senate for the second time on Wednesday, but must be approv

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Civil liberties advocates fear a new immigration enforcement policy adopted by Pennsylvania State Police will enable practices shown to be damaging to families. A coalition of organizations says the new policy takes a few steps in the right direction. It forbids state polic

Alex Parker was questioned and detained by the judge when he and his fiancée went to court to get married. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania judge who detained a Guatemalan immigrant on his wedding day now faces a federal lawsuit. Alex Parker, a lawful permanent resident, and his then-fiancée, a U.S. citizen, went to court in Cumberland County in 2017 to get married. But despite being prese

Pennsylvania prisoners have been advised not to use mail to communicate with their attorneys.(diegoattorney/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Photocopying mail from attorneys to incarcerated clients violates the First Amendment, according to two lawsuits filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The policy was instituted as part of a crackdown on visitation and mail sent to prisoners. All mail,

Some major retailers no longer sell methylene chloride paint strippers, but they remain widely available. (Photo: USDA)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Environmental Protection Agency has been put on notice that it faces a lawsuit for delaying the finalization of a ban on methylene chloride, a toxic chemical used in paint stripping products. On Wednesday, Latino workers, environmental and public health advocates filed

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