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PNS Daily Newscast - May 29, 2020 


More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd - we report on what's behind the current tensions.

2020Talks - May 28, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden condemns recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as yet another deadly encounter between police and an unarmed Black man. He did so before a virtual talk with PA Gov. Tom Wolf, ahead of next Tuesday's eight primaries.

Public News Service - VA: Animal Welfare

Family of Elephants in Afric. Courtesy Peter Knights, WildAid

RICHMOND, Va. - Custom officials in Kenya seized over $1 million worth of illegal elephant ivory last week, just a few days after the bodies of a family of 12 elephants were found in a park in Kenya, murdered for their tusks. It's a worsening situation, because poachers are becoming more organized a

Cat with Tube

RICHMOND, Va. - More than 180,000 signatures have been gathered for a petition against the use of live cats in University of Virginia (UVA) pediatrics residency program. Dr. John Pippin is director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which has been leading the

Pigs * Gestation Crates

RICHMOND, Va. - The year 2012 might end up being the year of the pig. Several leading fast-food chains including McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King have committed to eliminating pig-gestation crates from their pork supplies. One of the biggest pork producers, Virginia's Smithfield Foods, announce

Dog chained. Photo credit: Humane Society of the United States

HAMPTON, Va. - There is some truth to the old expression "meaner than a junkyard dog," according to the majority of voters in Hampton. The practice of keeping dogs tethered for extended time periods is said to make the animals angry and aggressive - and now, it will be illegal to chain dogs for any

RICHMOND, Va. - The practice of fox penning, where wild foxes are trapped, brought to enclosures and used to train hounds for hunting, is drawing the ire of some in the state. State lawmakers are considering two bills which would ban the practice. Animal-rights activists claim the practice is cruel

RICHMOND, Va. - It's a fight for entertainment, money and status for some of the human participants, but dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states. It still happens underground, in both rural and urban areas. Fights can range from small impromptu back-alley bouts to highly organized operations in

ARLINGTON, Va. - Consumer, environmental and animal-welfare activists will converge in Arlington this week, with a mission to end so-called "factory farming." The food industry has changed dramatically in the past few decades. Thousands of family farms that once dotted the landscape are no longer t

RICHMOND, Va. - You can buy just about anything online now, but when that purchase is a brand new puppy, how much will you really know about where or how the puppy came to be? Thousands of puppies are bred and sold by large-scale commercial breeders, which critics refer to as "puppy mills." These d

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