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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - VA: Human Rights/Racial Justice

In 1993, the Great Mass Mooning of the KKK helped mark the last Klan rally at the Texas State Capitol. (Hank Sinatra/ACTV/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. — Most Americans will be gazing up at the sky today for a view of the total solar eclipse - when the moon slips between the Earth and sun. But almost 25 years ago, a "moon" of a different sort caught people's attention. Some folks in Austin, Texas, were tired of annual Ku Klux

Organizers have held or are planning almost 1,000 Stand With Charlottesville events nationally, including one in front of the White House. (Ted Eytan/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. – People around the country have held or are planning nearly 1,000 Stand With Charlottesville events - and folks in town know it. Nathan Moore is a steering committee member with "justice and mutual support" organization Together Cville. He said it's been "traumatic and disconc

Pastors in Charlottesville say they've been working to avoid the kind of violence the city saw over the weekend. (ACLU of Virginia/Twitter)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Even before this weekend's violent clashes, members of the faith community in Charlottesville say they have been trying to, "stand on the side of love.” The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas is with St. Paul's Memorial, an Episcopal church, and is also part of the Charlottesville Cle

Nonpartisan vote protection hotlines are up and running and will be taking calls through election day. (The Election Protection Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. -- There’s a nonpartisan election-protection hotline from The Election Protection Coaltion: 866-OUR-VOTE. The coalition is made up of more than a hundred groups working to protect the right to vote nationally. Arusha Gordon, associate counsel with the Lawyers' Committee for Ci

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's efforts to restore voting rights to restored felons is part of the electoral landscape in Virginia this year. (Office of Gov. McAuliffe/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. -- One big unknown this presidential election season is how voter turnout will be affected by the highly charged, partisan atmosphere. This will be the first election since the U.S. Supreme Court repealed important elements of the Voting Rights Act. Judith Browne Dianis, executive di

A program intended to clean voter rolls could be open to abuse, but observers say that's not happening in Virginia. (Tom Arthur/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - A program to clean folks who've registered in more than one state off voter rolls could be used for voter suppression. But vote watchers in Virginia say that isn't happening here. An investigation just published by Rolling Stone says the Interstate Crosscheck program is full of error

As Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs orders restoring voting rights to reformed Virginia felons, many are questioning the law making that necessary. (Michaele White/Governor's Office/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. – Critics of Virginia's law that makes it hard for reformed felons to vote call it backward and discriminatory. That includes Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who says he'll sign thousands of individual orders restoring voting rights for felons who have finished their sentences. U.S. Se

The death of Jamycheal Mitchell is sparking an examination of the number of mentally ill Virginians in jail or coming into conflict with the police. (The Mitchell Family/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. – Many Virginians with mental illness end up in jail, and some are involved in deadly altercations with police. Jamycheal Mitchell suffered from delusions, and died in jail last year after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. Surveys say 15 to 20 percent of Virgini

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