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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - VA: Civic Engagement

PHOTO: Bob Keefe (center) with the nonpartisan small business group Environmental Entrepreneurs says the 210,000 comments from Virginians show strong support in the state for an EPA clean-power plan that would cut carbon pollution. Photo by Sarah Bucci, courtesy of Environment Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – More than 200,000 Virginians have voiced their support for an Environmental Protection Agency plan to reduce carbon pollution linked to climate change. The comments were stacked in cases at the state Capitol Wednesday. Bob Keefe, executive director of the small business own

GRAPHIC: Virginia will hold it's first statewide election under a new voter ID law, and voting rights advocates are preparing to help voters cast votes under the new system.

RICHMOND, Va. - Voting rights advocates are bracing for possible problems at the polls, due to Virginia's new voter ID law. AARP Virginia is reminding voters they will be asked to present current photo identification. Ginger Thompson, communications director with AARP, says a number of different p

PHOTO: Television viewers may find public TV stations serving diverse communities in their markets disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: M. Scheerer.

RICHMOND, Va. - As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communication Commission is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's airwaves curr

PHOTO: Using the Twitter hashtag #WW2K AARP Virginia is letting state voters ask candidates any question they want. Picture courtesy of AARP VA.

RICHMOND, Va. – A social media campaign is giving Virginia voters a chance to ask any question to candidates for the U.S. House and Senate. Ginger Thompson, communications director for AARP Virginia, says folks can use the Twitter hashtag #WW2K for we what to know. She says AARP will make

GRAPHIC: A local election on the 19th will be the first time a photo I.D. will be required to cast a ballot, as required by the commonwealth's new voter I.D. law. The League of Women Voters is concerned many Virginians are not aware of the new rules. Photo credit: League of Women Voters of Virginia.

FARMVILLE, Va. - A small, local election on Tuesday is the first time Virginia voters will have to show a photo I.D. as required by a new law. The Farmville town council election in Prince Edward and Cumberland counties represents the first time any of the commonwealth's voters will have to present

PHOTO: Supporters of limits on carbon pollution say they will have significant health benefits; detractors say they'll slow the economy. Both sides weigh in at EPA hearings this week. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

RICHMOND, Va. - The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on rules designed to cut carbon pollution from power plants by nearly one-third from 2005 levels. Supporters say the new regulations also would save thousands of lives a year - and critics say the carbon pollution limits

ILLUSTRATION: Saturday is the 12th anniversary of signing the Patriot Act, and some believe the government may have gone too far in its efforts to combat terrorism by conducting surveillance in violation of the Bill of Rights, according to privacy advocates. Courtesy Free Press.

WASHINGTON – Revelations by leakers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have shown U.S. government agencies such as the NSA may have violated Americans' right to privacy, according to advocates who are going to march and rally in Washington this weekend to protest. Adwoa Masozi of the Bill of

PHOTO: VEA President Meg Gruber recruiting members to participate in the October 19 Day of Action. Photo credit: VEA

RICHMOND, Va. – You might get a phone call or a visit from a teacher this weekend in Virginia. The state teachers' union is mobilizing its members this Saturday for what it's calling a Day of Action. Meg Gruber, president of the Virginia Education Association (VEA), says the goal is to raise

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