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PNS Daily Newscast - August 4, 2020 


Despite Trump threat, NV Gov. Sisolak signs expanded vote-by-mail into law; Trump wants Treasury to get percentage of any TikTok deal.


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Trump threatens Nevada with litigation for passing a bill to send ballots to all registered voters. Plus, primaries today in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

Public News Service - PA: Civil Rights

A bill before Congress would establish state grants to improve accessibility for registration, absentee voting and voting in person. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a bill has been introduced in Congress to expand voting rights for people with disabilities and older Americans. Some 18 million Americans 65 and older need some assistance with daily living, one of ev

Revisions in SB 14 would make it easier to incarcerate people for technical violations of probation. (Pichsakul/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Criminal justice reform advocates say several changes to a bill meant to reform Pennsylvania's probation system would make the system worse. One of every 34 adults in the Keystone State is under community supervision, the third highest rate in the country. The original version

Groups are challenging a lawsuit that seeks to stop voters from using secure drop boxes to cast their ballots. (Claudia Wizner/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA - Civil rights groups are calling a Trump campaign lawsuit over mail-in ballots an attempt to suppress voting and they're challenging that lawsuit in court. The Trump campaign lawsuit seeks to make it more difficult for Pennsylvanians to vote by mail and to have those votes counted du

The state Senate approved the bill 26-24 with four Republicans joining Democrats to vote no. (pabrady63/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Critics say an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution narrowly approved by the state Senate yesterday would allow the majority party to dominate the courts. Pennsylvania's appellate court judges are chosen in statewide elections. The proposed amendment would divide the state

U.S Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion rejecting the Trump administration's termination of DACA. (Diego Gomez/Adobe Stock)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the Trump administration from ending a program that protects almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived as children from deportation. The five-to-four ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, says the Department of Homeland Securi

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

Mail-in ballots must be delivered to a county election bureau by 8 p.m. Tuesday. (Scott Van Blarcom/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The primary election is just days away so those mail-in ballots need to reach your county election bureau by Tuesday to be counted. More than 1 million Pennsylvanians requested mail-in ballots for the primary that will select candidates for state and federal offices. Jan Jarre

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