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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 - PA: Civil Rights

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

Under Pennsylvania law, 23 health conditions qualify for medical marijuana use. (H_Ko/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Can a county court prohibit registered medical marijuana patients on probation from using their approved medication? That's the question taken up by Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Tuesday. Last September, Lebanon County announced that people under community supervision, such as

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

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