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PNS Daily Newscast - Monday, Aug 21st, 2017 


Here are some of the stories we're covering today: big protest planned against President Trump today,a huge gathering in Maine on Sunday mourning the loss of three people killed during a white nationalist rally and it's eclipse day but a moon of a different sort caught the country's attention about twenty five years ago.

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Public News Service - VA: Media Reform

PHOTO: Television viewers may find public TV stations serving diverse communities in their markets disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: M. Scheerer.

RICHMOND, Va. - As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communication Commission is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's airwaves curr

PHOTO: Newly-appointed FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler, shown here at a town hall meeting in Oakland, Calif., last week, says his agency may appeal a federal court ruling overturning regulations aimed at ensuring 'net neutrality.' Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

WASHINGTON - In what's being called a "huge blow to all Internet users," a federal court ruled Tuesday in favor of Verizon, striking down Federal Communications Commission rules that regulate the Web. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia means broadband providers s

ILLUSTRATION: Saturday is the 12th anniversary of signing the Patriot Act, and some believe the government may have gone too far in its efforts to combat terrorism by conducting surveillance in violation of the Bill of Rights, according to privacy advocates. Courtesy Free Press.

WASHINGTON – Revelations by leakers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have shown U.S. government agencies such as the NSA may have violated Americans' right to privacy, according to advocates who are going to march and rally in Washington this weekend to protest. Adwoa Masozi of the Bill of

GRAPHIC: The FCC will vote today on a proposal to roll back the high rates that telephone companies charge for prison inmates to make and receive calls. Courtesy Colorlines.com

WASHINGTON – All ears will be on the Federal Communications Commission today, as the FCC votes on a proposal to roll back the high rates that telephone companies charge for prison inmates to make and receive calls. Most phone companies pay prisons commissions in exchange for service contract

PHOTO: Calls to and from prison inmates can cost them and their families up to 24 times a normal call. The FCC holds a workshop today on whether it should act to discourage prison phone company gouging.

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finally responding to a 10-year-plus effort asking the agency to examine charges of price gouging in the nation's prisons. Today the FCC holds a public workshop to discuss whether or not they should lower the charges for prison phone ca

WASHINGTON - Phone calls from prison to an inmate's home can cost up to 24 times a normal call. After more than 10 years of trying to get the government - specifically the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - to do something about it, advocates are stepping up the pressure. Petitions with 40,00

Microsoft is ponying up $8.5 billion to buy Skype with its user base of 170 million people. Microsoft plans to integrate Skype's video and voice technology into products such as Xbox, Outlook e-mail and Windows mobile phones. Analysts will debate for some time whether it's a good business deal. But

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