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PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 


Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 


Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Public News Service - VA: Civic Engagement

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says rail service in America is

RICHMOND, Va. -- Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is critical of the federal government's use of gas taxes and its failures to improve rail service -- issues that both are hot topics in Virginia. The United for Infrastructure conference in Las Vegas, billed as the first 2020 campaign event to

Sen. Elizabeth Warren stirs up the crowd at her first presidential campaign rally in Virginia last week. (Wikimedia Commons)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the first presidential candidate after the New Hampshire primary to visit Virginia last week. Virginia is one of the top four states holding primaries on Super Tuesday, with 99 delegates available. The Massachusetts senator pumped up a crowd of more t

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

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam supports this session's legislation that rescinds a law requiring voters to show photo identification in order to vote. (Wikimedia Commons)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia is poised to become the first state to repeal a law that says voters have to show a photo ID before casting a ballot. The House of Delegates on Tuesday passed a bill to drop the photo ID requirement, in place since 2013, and the Senate approved the same move last week. The

A new lawsuit launched by Virginia's attorney general challenges the original deadline to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. (Wikimedia)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has joined with attorneys general from Nevada and Illinois to file a federal lawsuit arguing the Equal Rights Amendment must be added to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit comes just days after Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amend

Virginia lawmakers are looking to close a loophole that allows people to buy guns privately or at gun shows with no background checks. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency, banning guns on the State Capitol grounds until Tuesday as militia groups from around the country plan to storm Richmond on Monday. They're protesting gun-control proposals, including more background checks, now in

Many retirees in Virginia live on incomes of less than $20,000 a year, primarily from Social Security benefits. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. — With state and local elections in Virginia less than a month away, AARP Virginia says it's prime time for voters to get candidates to address retirement security issues. The typical working household nearing retirement in the Commonwealth has a little over $14,000 in savings,

Mercury emissions from U.S. coal plants decreased 85 percent between 2006 and 2016, and mercury levels in water and fish also have decreased. (JuergenPM/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — Environmental groups plan to speak out against the Trump administration's rollback of regulations that have cut mercury emissions at coal-fired power plants by 85 percent in the last decade. The Environmental Protection Agency's daylong public hearing tackles proposed changes

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