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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - WI: Social Justice

The Governor's Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion is scheduled to hold its first meeting Feb. 19. (Adobe Stock)

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- As Black History Month begins, 30 people have been appointed to a council, which will recommend diversity and inclusion practices for Wisconsin state government. Before its first meeting, two appointees expressed hope and uncertainty about what lies ahead. This week, Gov. Tony

As in other states, Wisconsin is seeing data that show its Latinx population is being disproportionately affected by the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. - This week, Wisconsin health officials shared more sobering COVID-19 data, and the pandemic's effect has been devastating in Latino communities. A Madison group says education is key to protecting this population. The Latino Health Council says in Dane County, Latinos make up nearly

The City of Milwaukee has more than a dozen absentee ballot drop boxes across the city. Wisconsin voters who have yet to turn in absentee ballots are urged to find a drop-off site rather than mail them. (urbanmilwaukee.com)

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MADISON, Wis. - Only a handful of days until the November 3 election, and Wisconsin officials have a simple message for absentee voters who haven't turned in their ballot - act quickly and don't mail it in. The state's deadline for getting a ballot in is 8 p.m. on election night. Reid Magney, publ

Nationally, turnout among Black voters was down about 7% in 2016, but a rebound is predicted in 2020.  (Adobe Stock)

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MILWAUKEE - Political observers say Wisconsin's Black residents have consistently faced voter suppression in multiple forms. The pandemic adds another concern to the 2020 vote - and in Milwaukee, an outreach group is trying to renew voter energy in struggling communities. The 2016 presidential rac

As COVID-19 cases spike again in states such as Wisconsin, those in charge of census outreach efforts are making a push through social media. (Adobe Stock)

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Community groups and civic leaders are allowed to continue conducting the 2020 census through October, thanks to a ruling from a federal judge. However, an official in Wisconsin said she's not taking anything for granted. Last week, the judge ruled against the Trump administrati

Civil unrest over high-profile police shootings is getting a lot of attention on the campaign trail, but activists say it doesn't mean anything if it doesn't result in significant change. (Adobe Stock)

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KENOSHA, Wis. -- President Donald Trump is expected to visit Kenosha today in response to the tensions over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Wisconsin Democrats have urged Trump not to visit the area, while others say it's time for real change, not just a political fight. The shooting of Blake

While many cities in states like Wisconsin don't have a reputation for policies deemed racist, areas of the Midwest have some of the worst outcomes for Black residents. (Adobe Stock)

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KENOSHA, Wis. -- Demands for social justice in cities like Kenosha are linked to racial inequities deeply rooted in the nation's history. But researchers say these gaps are more prominent in Midwestern states like Wisconsin. Many recent protests are sparked by high-profile police shootings. But th

Both major parties in Wisconsin have been at odds over how to approach police-accountability policy. Those divisions remain following the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha. (Adobe Stock)

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KENOSHA, Wis. -- Protesters continue to demand justice over the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha over the weekend. And Democrats in the Legislature say the incident underscores the need for immediate action on police accountability measures. Groups such as Black Lives Matter and other act

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