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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - WI: Human Rights/Racial Justice

In Wisconsin, according to a new report, the gap between students and teachers of color rose from about 19 percentage points in 2009 to 25 points in 2019. (Adobe Stock)

ARCADIA, Wis. -- Wisconsin's public school student population has become more racially diverse, but its teacher workforce still is mostly White. That's according to a new report from an independent research group. The Wisconsin Policy Forum said between 2009 and 2019, the number K-12 students of c

In the past decade, Wisconsin's Republican-led Legislature has passed a series of election laws that activists say unfairly target poor and minority voters. They say upholding these laws is especially problematic in a key election year. (Adobe Stock)

MILWAUKEE -- Republican leaders in Wisconsin secured a victory ahead of the November election after an appeals court reinstated various voting restrictions. Despite the decision, an advocacy group says it remains undeterred in helping disenfranchised voters. The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeal

In addition to Monday's school board vote, the Madison City Council is expected to formally endorse a decision to no longer have city police officers patrol school buildings. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- One of Wisconsin's largest school districts has decided to stop having police officers stationed inside its school buildings. The action taken by the Madison district comes as the nation reckons with how law enforcement should be structured and utilized. On Monday, the Madison Sch

In Wisconsin, studies show that racial gaps in education and employment are especially concerning. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Demands for systemic change in the U.S. grow louder by the day following the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man in Minneapolis. Activists say white populations need to listen, but also take action in their own lives. Those demanding change say in sta

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MADISON, Wis. -- The issue of whether nearly 130,000 Wisconsin residents should be removed from the voter rolls has resurfaced, as the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case. The controversy arose after state election officials sent letters to residents who had possibly moved, to confirm

In Milwaukee County, black residents make up more than 40 of the area's nearly 60 COVID-19 deaths reported so far. (Adobe Stock)

MILWAUKEE -- In a handful of states, including Wisconsin, racial data is being used as part of tracking of COVID-19 cases. The information shows the pandemic is ravaging black communities in places such as Milwaukee. Health officials say black residents make up almost half of the nearly 1,500 ca

The debate over whether Wisconsin should hold an in-person primary during a pandemic is prompting more calls for universal voting by mail. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin still will hold its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. Voting rights activists say the state should have never reached this point. On Monday, the state Supreme Court sided with Republican leaders in the state Legislatur

Just as in 2016, Wisconsin is viewed as key battleground state in the upcoming election. The state's primary is April 7. (DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile)

MADISON, Wis. - The legal wrangling continues over whether 200,000 Wisconsin voters should be removed from registration rolls - as one political expert says it's reasonable to lump it in with other claims of voter suppression. This week, an appeals court halted an earlier ruling to purge the regi

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