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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


2020Talks - August 13, 2020 


Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public appearance and running mates. President Trump called Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for baseless conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - VA: Civil Rights

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

Groups are urging Gov. Ralph Northam to allow voters to submit absentee ballots in upcoming elections without having to give an excuse. (ACLU)<br /><br />

RICHMOND, Va. -- As COVID-19 continues to spread in Virginia, AARP Virginia is calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to take steps to increase the health care workforce and ensure the safety of voters in upcoming elections. In a letter to the governor, the group asked him to lift restrictions to allow out

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 Natural Gas Act governs land seizures, allowing for pipeline companies to invoke eminent domain to build pipelines. (Pixabay)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Property owners are fighting back against pipeline companies who seize their land through eminent domain. In 2015, Gary Erb and his wife received a letter from the Oklahoma-based energy company Williams, which stated that it would be seizing a portion of their land for th

Local officials claim environmental justice and climate change are the new civil rights issues of our day. (Public Domain Pictures)

RICHMOND, Va. – On Tuesday next week, civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored on his 90th birthday. In Virginia, local figures are planning to honor King by pushing for green policy on climate change, which they say has brought health struggles to many poor and predominan

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