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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - PA: Social Justice

A PRRI poll showed white evangelical support for President Donald Trump fell by 15% between March and the end of May. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- White, evangelical Christians are a major part of President Donald Trump's political base, but recent polling indicates conflicts between his actions and Christian teachings may be eroding that support. Evangelical backing for Trump is largely grounded in his promises to ban abo

Consolidation of poling places led to long lines in many areas on primary day. (Voice of America/public domain)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Voting-rights advocates say Pennsylvania has to start making changes now to make the voting process go more smoothly for the general election in November. Fewer polling places, long lines and delayed or missing absentee ballots were just a few of the problems that plagued th pri

Fair-election advocates say Pennsylvania's primary served as a dry run for the November election. (rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA -- Despite the COVID pandemic, massive protests and curfews in major cities, fair-election advocates say Tuesday's primary appears to have gone pretty smoothly. This was the first time all Pennsylvania voters were given the option to vote by mail, and almost 2 million did, representing

Activists say those least responsible for causing climate change often are the first and most severely affected by it. (Manpeppe/Adobe Stock)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- An interfaith group working to slow climate change says there is a link between ending reliance on fossil fuels and the protests taking place across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic and protests over the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man in Min

The Global Strategy Group poll shows 89% support extending and increasing unemployment for laid-off workers. (Zoran Milic/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The latest poll shows Pennsylvanians - regardless of their politics - support policies that will help working people and small businesses recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. The Global Strategy Group sought out Pennsylvanians who don't self-identify as either strong

There are about 20,000 marijuana arrests in Pennsylvania each year, costing taxpayers an estimated $20 million. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Wide racial disparities in marijuana arrests continue across Pennsylvania, according to a new report. The ACLU report said 56 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties have racial disparities for marijuana-possession arrests that are higher than the national average. Despite similar rates of

About 100 people a day are admitted to the Allegheny County Jail. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH -- Releasing prisoners from the Allegheny County Jail would reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading inside the facility and in the community at large, say some elected officials and prison-reform advocates. And they're asking County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to pay attention. Abo

A policy brief calls for all health insurance to cover testing and treatment for COVID-19. (Tyler Olson/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- An independent policy research project has released a brief outlining steps to guard against the burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic falling disproportionately on the poor. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center says the Keystone State should embrace the moral equivalent of war

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