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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

Pittsburgh, PA - The American Library Association has released its newest list of the "most complained about" books in school libraries. Leading it off is a book aimed at kids, featuring two male penguins trying to start a family. Some conservative religious groups have criticised it as promoting ga

Harrisburg, PA - The push is on for equality in Pennsylvania, and hundreds are expected to jam the State Capitol Tuesday to support a measure that would protect LGBT Pennsylvanians against discrimination. Under current state law, people can be fired based on their sexual orientation, and Andy Hoover

Harrisburg, PA - A bill now before the Pennsylvania legislature would outlaw discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity when it comes to housing, employment, or public accommodations. The measure introduced in the state House would amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations

Pittsburgh, PA - These trying economic times mean more Pennsylvanians on the lower end of the income scale need legal help with a range of issues from utility shut-offs to evictions, and an increase in calls to legal helplines reflect the rising needs. The situation has prompted the Neighborhood L

"Please Don't Shoot" - that's the message from activists gathering in downtown Oakland and in cities across the country to protest the shooting death of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passenger. The rally at Oakland City Hall today is part of a national day of non-violent protests over the New Year

It may not prompt any special activities or major sales, but today, Dec. 15, is a special holiday. It's "Bill of Rights Day," the 217th anniversary of the ratification of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. Vic Walczak is the legal director of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the America

Philadelphia, PA - The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania will urge a federal appeals court today to uphold a 2007 ruling that a school district violated a student’s first amendment rights. The boy, Jason Layschock, posted a parody profile of his school's principal on MySpace in 20

Harrisburg, PA - There's just one week left until Election Day, and a local election watchdog has some advice to help make Pennsylvanians' trip to the polls go smoothly. Barry Kauffman is the executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania. He says rule number one is to never leave your polling plac

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