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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public appearance and running mates. President Trump called Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for baseless conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - WV: Civil Rights

Around 35% of registered voters cast their ballot in West Virginia's June 2020 primary.(Adobe Stock)<br />

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Last week, state officials announced that West Virginians who want to vote by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic will have the option to do so in the November election, but this time they won't automatically be mailed an absentee-ballot request form. That's a change from

West Virginia still has not released statistics on the number of African-Americans with coronavirus in the state. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's governor announced this week that targeted COVID-19 testing will be conducted in the state's African-American communities. His move follows a request by the state's NAACP chapter that officials release statistics on the number of African-Americans impacted by the

The civil rights group Fairness West Virginia is urging lawmakers to pass the Fairness Act for LGBTQ protections in the state. (Fairness West Virginia)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- LGBTQ groups in West Virginia are fighting to pass the Fairness Act in this year's legislative session. The bill ensures that no LGBTQ person in the Mountain State is fired, evicted or denied public services because of his or her sexual orientation, according to Andrew Schnei

The majority of immigrants in West Virginia come from India, according to a new report, and many work in the health care industry. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Trump administration's hard line policies toward immigrants have spurred a coalition of civil rights groups in West Virginia to help change negative perceptions. On social media, the new Many Roads Home campaign will share the stories of immigrants who've made important co

The experimental West Virginia blockchain voting process includes a series of steps aimed to ensure proper voter identification. (SOS Office/Voatz)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Security experts are critical of a West Virginia experiment in Internet voting for military and overseas citizens. Last year the Secretary of State's office allowed 141 West Virginians in 31 counties to vote, using what's known as blockchain – the same distributed l

According to new research, people with mental illness or other problems often end up in jail awaiting trial because the community may lack other good options for them. (Prison Policy Initiative)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Across America, the population in local and regional jails has tripled in the last 40 years. And new research suggests that over the last 20 years that growth is essentially made up of people who haven't been convicted of anything. The Prison Policy Initiative examined

According to Imaam Nasir Abdussalam, the Islamic Association of West Virginia has more than 350 families in the congregation, many who work the medical profession. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Islam has been in the news lately, in part because of attacks on the religion at the state Capitol. West Virginia's Muslim community wants people to be able to get accurate information about who they are and what they actually believe. Nasir Abdussalam is the imam of the

Organizers of the new Poor People's Campaign say some of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was pursuing with the first Poor People's Campaign has been sanitized and watered down by time. (Birmingham, Ala., Police Dept.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Poor People's Campaign here and across the country is reconnecting with Martin Luther King's surprisingly radical vision, its organizers say. The movement will rally at State Capitols in West Virginia and nearly 40 other states at the same time this Monday afternoon.

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