PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - VA: Criminal Justice

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.

Some worry drone use in Virginia would step on privacy rights and they are asking Governor McDonnell to sign a moratorium until rules can be put in place.

RICHMOND, Va. – Look – up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a drone! Drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles) are being used in warfare overseas by the U.S. government, and now there's a big push to use this technology here in Virginia and around the country to aid law enforcemen

PHOTO: The rate at which youth are locked-up in Virginia has declined by 42-percent since 1997. That mirrors a national trend.

RICHMOND, Va. - Fewer young people in the U.S. are going to jail, according to a new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which found that the nation has hit a 35-year low in terms of the numbers of kids being confined. In Virginia, there has been a 42-percent drop in the rate of incarc

WASHINGTON - Phone calls from prison to an inmate's home can cost up to 24 times a normal call. After more than 10 years of trying to get the government - specifically the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - to do something about it, advocates are stepping up the pressure. Petitions with 40,00

PHOTO:  It is illegal to offer payday internet loans to Virginians, but that hasn't stopped out-of state companies from doing it.

RICHMOND, Va. - West Virginia's Attorney General Darrell McGraw has won a settlement with Lakota Cash, an Internet payday lender based in South Dakota, because it didn't comply with state laws, and a Virginia interfaith group is asking that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli take a stand again

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