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PNS Daily Newscast - May 29, 2020 


More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd; we report on what's behind the current tensions.

2020Talks - May 29, 2020 


Republican Voters Against Trump just launched and plans to spend $10 million on the 2020 campaign. And President Trump signed an executive order making social media companies liable for content their users post.

Public News Service - WV: Civil Rights

PHOTO: The shooting of unarmed teen Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a new Mobile Justice smartphone app which allows users to document and report interactions with police. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a smartphone app designed to help people protect their rights. Missouri American Civil Liberties Union executive director Jeffrey Mittman says their Mobile Justice smartphone app explains what proper pol

PHOTO: Landowners on the route of proposed natural gas pipelines in West Virginia and Virginia have a good legal basis for denying the companies permission to survey on their land, according to legal experts. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Pipeline companies who want to build lines through West Virginia and neighboring Virginia have told some landowners they can survey on their land without the landowners' permission. Legal experts, however, say those companies don't have that right - yet. Attorney Joe Lovett with

GRAPHIC: Organizers say next week's Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia in Charleston is an opportunity to take a calm, serious look at questions that are too often either ignored or inflamed.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A summit on race relations coming Monday and Tuesday to Charleston offers a chance for a deep, civilized look at something that matters, according to its organizers. Issues of bias typically are either ignored or inflamed, unquestioned or tangled in controversy, said the Rev. Ro

Americans for Prosperity, funded oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, is campaigning aggressively in West Virginia, but the group's own positions are less well known. PHOTO courtesy of the Center For Public Integrity.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A shadowy billionaires' political organization is campaigning heavily in West Virginia. But what economic policies would Americans For Prosperity actually put in place? According to Steve Wamhoff, legislative director for Citizens for Tax Justice, billionaire brothers Charles a

PHOTO: Dr. Byron Calhoun has charged that women go to a Charleston emergency room as a result of abortions on a weekly basis, but data released by the hospital directly contradict that. Photo credit: SymMaternalHealth & Youtube.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hospital statistics directly contradict a Charleston doctor's claims that abortions often cause health problems for West Virginia women. Last summer, obstetrician Dr. Byron Calhoun stated that he sees complications from abortions at the hospital at least weekly. However, accordin

Dr. Byron Calhoun says abortions are sending West Virginia women to the emergency room weekly, but critics note he has not filed any complaints about the medical complications with regulators, something he would be legally required to do if his charges were true. PHOTO: SymMaternalHealth/Youtube.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Charleston doctor's claim that abortion is sending women to the emergency room conflicts with the fact that he has not filed any complaints with regulators. This summer, obstetrician Dr. Byron Calhoun wrote to the attorney general. He said he sees women in the emergency room of

PHOTO: Many say West Virginia's history has been in part defined by African-American history, starting with the role of slavery in the civil war, but later including early integration in the coalfields. Photo from the Library of Congress.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As West Virginia celebrates its 150th birthday, a series of events will highlight how African-American history is central to the state’s story. The Rev. Ron English of Charleston says the state might not even exist if everyone had accepted slavery. He says the fron

PHOTO: Much of the debate about immigration reform centers on its impact on working conditions and the job market. Photo of a pro-reform rally courtesy of Interfaith Worker Justice.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In West Virginia and elsewhere, some U.S. citizens say they're worried that immigration reform could mean more competition for jobs. But clergy members who serve undocumented workers say what's more likely is that migrants' jobs would be forced closer to American standards. Acc

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