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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - PA: Civil Rights

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

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia in its next session. (Rex Wholster/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a lawsuit by a taxpayer-funded foster care agency that claims a constitutional right to turn down prospective same-sex foster couples. Catholic Social Services (CSS) claims that requiring the agency to consider same-sex couples

Judges are supposed to consider ten factors, including a person's ability to pay, when setting bail. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Civil liberties advocates say Philadelphia courts aren't following the rules for the use of cash bail, which is keeping people in jail just because they're poor. In the latest briefs filed in a 2019 class-action lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has aske

A lawsuit filed against the Glen Mills School says children were subject to physical and emotional abuse, medical neglect and lack of education. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A class-action lawsuit charging abuse and inadequate education at a juvenile detention facility in Delaware County will be allowed to proceed. The ruling issued by a federal court on Friday means virtually all the claims against the Glen Mills School and state officials responsible

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

An appeals court decision says excluding transgender students from facilities other students use would increase stigma and discrimination. (dbvirago/Adobe Stock)

WASHINGTON - A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is being hailed as a victory for transgender students in Pennsylvania and nationwide. The nation's highest court on Tuesday said it won't hear the appeal of a case that upheld the Boyertown Area School District's policy of allowing transgender stude

At the Philadelphia International Airport, many immigrants work as airport cleaners, wheelchair assistants and baggage handlers. (Björn Wylezich/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania's population growth rate is one of the slowest in the country, but a bill now in Congress could help many immigrants come out of the shadows. In May, Congress is expected to vote on H.R. 6, the "American Dream and Promise Act." That bill could help hundreds of tho

With a high out-of-home placement rate, Philadelphia needs more qualified foster parents. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA - Religious beliefs don't give government contractors a license to discriminate, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court. Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia had claimed it has a constitutional right to use religious criteria to turn away qualified same-sex couples who wa

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