PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 

The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 

3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - VA: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: The Army private who had been known as Bradley Manning has requested hormone therapy while in prison so he can live as a woman. Photo credit:

RICHMOND, Va. – A transgender activist who communicated with Bradley Manning online and testified at his trial says it's critical he get the help he needs to live life as a woman – even behind bars. Manning, who was sentenced this week to 35 years in military prison for leaking U.S. i

GRAPHIC: The FCC will vote today on a proposal to roll back the high rates that telephone companies charge for prison inmates to make and receive calls. Courtesy

WASHINGTON – All ears will be on the Federal Communications Commission today, as the FCC votes on a proposal to roll back the high rates that telephone companies charge for prison inmates to make and receive calls. Most phone companies pay prisons commissions in exchange for service contract

PHOTO: Virginia is considering new regulations limiting the use of restraints, like handcuffs, on pregnant inmates.

RICHMOND, Va. - It isn't unusual for inmates to be restrained, but should it happen if they're pregnant or in labor? The Virginia Board of Corrections, under pressure from prisoners' advocates, has OK'd new rules limiting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates. However, the final approval proces

PHOTO: Calls to and from prison inmates can cost them and their families up to 24 times a normal call. The FCC holds a workshop today on whether it should act to discourage prison phone company gouging.

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finally responding to a 10-year-plus effort asking the agency to examine charges of price gouging in the nation's prisons. Today the FCC holds a public workshop to discuss whether or not they should lower the charges for prison phone ca

PHOTO: Activists are fasting at the U.S. Supreme Court this week to protest the death penalty. Jack Payden-Travers of Lynchburg is among them. Photo credit: Scott Langley

WASHINGTON - It has become an annual tradition. Over a four-day period, on the anniversary of Supreme Court cases involving the death penalty, activists fast at the court in protest of capital punishment. This year, the participants from Virginia, including Jack Payden-Travers, Lynchburg, said there

PHOTO: Virginia's tougher texting law goes into effect today. Photo credit: Virginia Tech

RICHMOND, Va. - Starting today, texting while driving is a primary offense in Virginia. That means police can now stop drivers they spot tapping out a text and slap them with a much heftier fine. Janet Brooking, executive director, DriveSmart Virginia, said Virginians should not text when they are

PHOTO: There are looming questions about how ex-felons will be registered to vote in Virginia, and whether they'll be able to cast their ballots this fall.

RICHMOND, Va. – Calling Virginia's ex-felons! Now that Gov. Bob McDonnell has expanded voting rights to non-violent offenders who have served their time, the challenge will be finding and registering them. "The problem is that, especially for folks that have been released and served their

Photo: Children of immigrant families participate in immigration rally on Capitol Hill. Photo credit: First Focus

RICHMOND, Va. - As a U.S. Senate committee prepares to vote this week on a sweeping immigration reform bill, advocates for children say it contains critical provisions for protecting and helping immigrant youth. It includes a pathway to citizenship, and other provisions to keep families together.

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