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PNS Daily Newscast - March 3, 2021 


New bilingual outreach for LGBTQ+ community hard-hit by the pandemic; Texas Gov. Abbott declares an end to the Lone Star State's mask mandate.


2021Talks - March 3rd, 2021 


Supreme Court hears voting-rights cases, while the House considers election reforms; FBI says 'Antifa' wasn't involved on Jan. 6; COVID relief could pass this week; and background-check bills are introduced in both chambers.

Public News Service - WV: Civic Engagement

After events such as the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol, civil-rights groups are pushing to pass the For the People Act, claiming it is needed to

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As Donald Trump departs the presidency today, a coalition of West Virginia civil-rights groups wants Congress to pass a bill aimed at rebuilding government. House Bill 1, known as the "For the People Act," recommends sweeping reforms to extend voting rights, end partisan gerryman

The West Virginia NAACP is leading a charge to remove and disbar Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for joining the state in a lawsuit that attempted to disenfranchise voters. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With House Democrats moving forward on impeaching President Donald Trump, a coalition of West Virginia lawmakers and civil-rights groups are calling on state legislators to also oust and disbar its attorney general for participating in what they're calling "un-American" efforts

A West Virginia state delegate is facing sanctions for participating with pro-Trump groups storming the U.S. Capitol. (Wikimedia Commons)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia social-justice groups are decrying a state delegate's participation in the shocking assault on the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday, while Mountain State lawmakers are calling for the delegate's removal from the Legislature. Wearing a motorcycle helmet and shouting

Quarantined West Virginians or those who have the coronavirus can call county clerks to find a designated polling place on Election Day to cast a ballot in person. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With fears of voter intimidation at the polls on Election Day running high, West Virginians can rest easy, as state officials say rules are in place to protect voters. Donald Kersey, general counsel for the West Virginia's Secretary of State Elections Division, said state laws

Members of a West Virginia NOW group rally in Charleston, saying the Senate should have waited until after the election to push through a Supreme Court nominee. (Kanawha Valley NOW Facebook page)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On the day of the confirmation vote of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, a coalition of West Virginia groups protested in Charleston against Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito's support of the nominee. They say the senator should be focused on COVID-19 relief instead.

The West Virginia Council of Churches is pushing for political debates to be more harmonious and compassionate than they have the past few years. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.V. -- With fireworks expected at the second presidential debate tonight, a West Virginia religious group is calling for a return to civility during the election season. The West Virginia Council of Churches is urging candidates and citizens to avoid angry political discussions and cal

Almost 60,000 high school students in West Virginia have registered to vote in their first general election in November. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Today is National Voter Registration Day, and with a historic presidential election just weeks away, folks are being urged to sign up to vote or check the status of their registration to make sure they're still eligible. Interest in the Trump-Biden race is high, but so is conc

Voters in West Virginia must now go online to request an application for an absentee ballot. Critics of the system say it's tougher for older voters and those without internet access. (Adobe Stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The ACLU is calling on West Virginia's secretary of state to automatically mail absentee voter applications, as was done for the June primary. As it stands now, for the November election, for the first time in the state's election history, voters need to access the voting appli

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