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PNS Daily Newscast - July 6,2020 


Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 6, 2020 


This year's July 4th had COVID-19, ongoing protests about systemic racism, and a presidential visit to Mt. Rushmore. Plus, Trump signed an order to plan a new statue park.

Public News Service - VA: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Law enforcement officers with no visible identification wait for protesters in downtown Washington, D.C., on Sat., June 6. (Wikimedia Commons)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Despite a weekend of peaceful protests in Washington, D.C., over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, civil liberties groups say the presence of unidentified law enforcement officials in the city is causing concern. The Knight First Amendment Institute has called on A

Demonstrators in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, square off against riot police on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Brandy Boyce)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Just two days after peaceful protesters were dispersed with tear gas and rubber bullets near the White House, demonstrators in the nation's capital are denouncing the use of military tactics by local police. Meka is hip-hop musician and protester from Northern Virginia who says h

Some of the new solar farms in Virginia are being constructed by a company that the United Nations says has exploited Palestinian natural resources overseas. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's new Clean Economy Act is paving the way for a burst of solar installations in the Commonwealth. But the United Nations has designated one of the solar providers as a human-rights violator. Caden-Energix plans to build eight solar installations in Virginia worth a half-bi

Gov. Ralph Northam has until April 11 to amend Virginia's minimum wage bill to include farmworkers. (Laura Elizabeth Poh/Bread for the World)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Farmworkers have been classified as "essential" during the COVID-19 pandemic, and groups in Virginia are now urging the governor to guarantee these vital workers receive a minimum wage. Kim Bobo, executive director with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, said agricu

Virginia is poised to pass a law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses, which Democrats in the Legislature had tried to pass for years. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. - Several thousand undocumented immigrants in Virginia could get driver's licenses if a bill passed in the General Assembly this week becomes law. Immigrants' rights groups are hailing the move, which they say would make life easier for residents without legal status. Nayeli Montes i

Critics say Amazon's Ring partnerships with police departments can lead to civil rights abuses. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. — Civil rights groups are sounding the alarm about Amazon's Ring doorbell system. Representatives from 30 activist groups recently signed an open letter to local and federal lawmakers urging them to curb the surveillance partnerships that Ring has with police departments. Homeo

Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va., is the site where the first ship bearing enslaved Africans landed in the English colonies in August 1619. (National Park Service)

HAMPTON, Va. – Events marking the 400th anniversary of the birth of slavery in the United States will take place in Hampton this weekend. On August 23, 1619, the first ship bearing enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort, now Fort Monroe, in Virginia. Many consider the moment a dark part

The 600-mile-long pipeline would would carry fracked gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina, with three compressor stations along the route. (Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

BUCKINGHAM, Va. — After a winter storm delayed a closely watched vote on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the issue will be back before a citizens' board this Wednesday. Virginia's Air Pollution Control Board is set to decide whether the state's largest utility, Dominion Energy, can build a spra

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