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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


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The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - VA: Social Justice

For the second time in two years, Virginia has been awarded grant money by a national foundation to help college students of color achieve higher levels of success. (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Several Virginia colleges and universities will share a large grant to help more students of color receive their degrees and have better outcomes. The move follows amplified calls in the U.S. to end systemic racism in several areas, including higher education. Lumina Foundation fu

Susan Bro started the Heather Heyer Foundation to fight for social justice in honor of her daughter, who died during a 2017 protest against white supremacists. (Ben Rekhi)

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- With former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial demonstrating deep divisions in the nation, a new documentary released today presents a powerful look at four Americans attempting to bridge political and racial divides. Susan Bro, president of the Heather Heyer Foundat

The American Heart Association is funding new programs for scientific research on diseases that disproportionately hit underrepresented communities. (Adobe Stock)

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FAIRFAX, Va. -- Spurred on by racial imbalances in COVID-19 deaths and a national reckoning on race, the American Heart Association has put out a call to action for health groups to tackle the structural racism that leads to major health disparities. According to the group, institutional discrimina

A class-action lawsuit claims Amazon

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RICHMOND, Va. -- A former Amazon employee is suing the e-commerce giant for failing to provide safe working conditions for Black and Brown employees in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Christian Smalls worked in a warehouse in New York and claims Amazon provided white managers with protecti

Missing the deadline is the most common reason absentee ballots are rejected nationwide. (Adobe Stock/Alcorn Imagery)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia lawmakers have passed new measures to make voting by absentee ballot easier. Just last Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill on absentee voting. It adds secure drop boxes, removes the requirement for a witness signature and funds prepaid postage for mail-in ballots.

A new survey shows Black and Latino students in Virginia are twice as likely as white students not to have a computer in the home. (Adobe stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- With Virginia students about to return to online classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new report shows one-in-five-5 K-12 and college students in the Commonwealth don't have broadband access or a computer in their homes. The study by the State Council of Higher Education fo

Death-penalty opponents hold a protest in front of the Supreme Court in July 2019. (Death Penalty Action)

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Supreme Court's rejection of a challenge to new federal death penalty protocols is a win for the Trump administration and paves the way for the federal government to resume executions next month for the first time in two decades. The justices refused to hear an appeal from fo

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

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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

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