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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2021 


A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the U-S Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks voting right measure.


2021Talks - June 23, 2021 


The White House kicks off a child tax credit promotional blitz, Senator Schumer will call for a debate on election reform, and New York City gives ranked voting a shot for its mayoral primary.

Public News Service - WI: Criminal Justice

The United Nations says COVID-19 created a

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- In Wisconsin and across the country, there's been a spike in domestic-violence reports during the pandemic. Since lockdowns have eased now, advocates for survivors say policymakers should look toward providing more avenues to escape dangerous situations. Monique Minkens, executi

State legislatures around the country face added pressure for more police accountability policies after the death of George Floyd and other high-profile encounters with Black individuals. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Senate is expected to consider a handful of police reform measures today. Lawmakers say they're including many perspectives amid greater scrutiny of law enforcement, but they know the effort isn't a cure-all. This week's action is being closely monitored as the Legis

High-profile shootings in states like Minnesota and Colorado this year have renewed calls for stricter gun laws. (Adobe Stock)

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MILWAUKEE - There's a renewed push for gun-control measures in Wisconsin and at the federal level, with President Joe Biden's executive actions this week. Advocates of the plans say longstanding opposition remains, but the focus on different aspects of the gun debate might receive greater support.

Next Tuesday, state and local elections will be held across Wisconsin. A voters' rights group says it should serve as another reminder that many people being held pre-trial in county jails face barriers to voting. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is one of many states where proposals have surfaced to restrict voting through new election policies. Voters' rights groups say lawmakers should be going in the opposite direction, by expanding access - including for people in county jails. Under Wisconsin law, if you've b

Fifteen states have endorsed legalization of marijuana, and more than 30 have medical-marijuana programs. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' budget proposal includes a plan to legalize recreational marijuana. The idea faces strong resistance from GOP leaders, but advocates say public polling shouldn't be ignored in the debate. Evers' plan would allow residents 21 and older to possess small am

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

Wisconsin's stay-at-home order was scheduled to last through late May, until it was ended by a state Supreme Court ruling this week. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's stay-at-home order for the pandemic was due to run through late May, until the state Supreme Court ended it much sooner. However, that isn't stopping local and county governments from carrying out their own orders. Top GOP lawmakers had challenged the order from the Dem

Under current Wisconsin law, a person is prohibited from possessing a firearm, and must surrender all firearms, if he or she is subject to a domestic-abuse injunction, a child-abuse injunction or, in certain cases, a harassment or an individuals-at-risk injunction. (Pixabay)

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MADISON, Wis. – As Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic lawmakers tout support for a "red flag" bill in Wisconsin, Republicans are taking issue with the governor's comments on mandatory gun buybacks. Thursday's news conference was supposed to be about strengthening background checks and Extreme Ri

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