PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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Public News Service - NC: Civil Rights

Fifty years after the Kerner Commission, African-Americans still are finding a fraction of the economic potential of their white counterparts, according to new analysis. (

RALEIGH, N. C. – It has been 50 years since the historic Kerner Commission found that discrimination against African-Americans had created barriers to their ability to be successful in civic life. The commission, formally known as the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, was estab

Three people on death row will have their cases considered by the North Carolina Supreme Court, after lower courts found that race played a role in their sentencing. (Marc Treble/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – In the ongoing saga of North Carolina's capital punishment system, the state Supreme Court will hear a case that will decide whether three defendants of color will stay on death row. All three – Marcus Robinson, Quintel Augustine and Christina Walters – had their

Michelle Alexander, author of

RALEIGH, N.C. – Late Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety lifted a ban on a New York Times best seller – "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness" – just one day after the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said the ban wa

Curtis Mangum, left, pictured with his daughter, died while in Raleigh Police custody and his family is asking for more information on the circumstances surrounding his death. (Mangum family)

RALEIGH, N.C. – This week, the family of a man who died in Raleigh Police custody is hoping to have more answers. Curtis Roeman Mangum began showing signs of medical distress last Wednesday after he was taken into custody with another suspect. He later died after being transferred to WakeM

The future of North Carolina's judicial system is at stake as the State Assembly considers multiple changes to the way judges are elected and the lengths of their term. (Chris Potter/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Wednesday dozens of people are expected to convene at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh to speak out for the judicial system. Lawmakers were expected to take up several issues related to the selection of judges and lengths of their terms, but have since delayed that

As North Carolina's death row inmates age, the justice system faces problems of caring for the population while continuing to fund the inmates' legal bills. (Matthias Mueller/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's death row is aging with almost half of inmates facing a death sentence now 50 years or older. On top of that, 75 percent of them were sentenced more than 15 years ago. Gretchen Engel, executive director of The Center for Death Penalty Litigation, says the o

Many of the foods North Carolina families eat at Thanksgiving are harvested by migrant farmworkers. (Deb Nystrom/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The state of North Carolina is a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenging a state law that prevents farmworkers from organizing to protect their rights on the job. The case was filed by the ACLU of North Carolina and the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of t

The number of minorities able to access conventional loans doesn't add up to a healthy economy, according to a new report. (GotCredit/flickr)

DURHAM, N.C. - Achieving the American dream often comes down to access to capital, and a new report finds that racial disparities continue in access to home loans. The Durham-based Center for Responsible Lending analyzed 2016 mortgage lending data and found that African-Americans and Hispanics rece

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