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    PNS Daily News - October 13, 20150 

    On today’s rundown; the Planned Parenthood controversy taking a toll in the Sunshine State; Massachusetts lawmakers to hear from a teen fast-food worker on the minimum wage; Senator Diane Feinstein getting feedback on proposed National Monuments; and a look at how “going green” can promote self-sufficiency.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

About 800 New Yorkers turn out at the site where Eric Garner was killed in police custody to call attention to the need for better police accountability, including the "Right to Know" Act pending before the City Council. Courtesy: Make the Road NY

NEW YORK - About 800 New Yorkers used the long weekend to call attention to pending measures intended to increase police accountability. Adilka Pimentel, organizer with Make the Road New York, says her group has been pushing for measures such as the Right to Know Act for several years now. She s ...Read More

Immigrant women face many barriers to leaving an abuse relationship. Credit: Kamuelaboy/Morgufile

INDIANAPOLIS – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and while escaping a domestic violence situation is not easy for victims, immigrant survivors of abuse face especially difficult challenges. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every minute in the U.S. abou ...Read More

Placement with a relative can minimize trauma for foster children. Credit: kamuelaboy/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS - While there is always a need for foster parents in Indiana, state officials say the need is especially great this year. According to the Indiana Department of Child Services there are over 18,000 children in the state's care, about four thousand more than at this time last year. Spo ...Read More

Lethal injection faces a major roadblock in Montana. Credit: davidhills/iStock

HELENA, Mont. - The death penalty is at a stalemate in Montana, after a judge blocked the use of a particular lethal injection drug on Tuesday. Capital punishment remains legal, and while efforts to abolish it have failed, so have efforts to revive it. The judge ruled that pentobarbital cannot be ...Read More

Domestic violence occurs regardless of age, race or economic backgrond. Credit: Helga Webber/Flickr Creative Commons.

LANSING, Mich. – It's often a hidden problem, but domestic violence occurs in Michigan homes more often than some may realize. Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October is being used to highlight misconceptions about domestic violence. As a social worker with the National Association of So ...Read More

Pope Francis' U.S. visit sparks mixed feelings among church sexual-abuse victims and their advocates about his response to the scandal. Credit: Patrick Nijhuis/

NEW YORK - The historic U.S. visit of Pope Francis has refocused attention on the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal. Although the pontiff has vowed to root out child sex predators from the Church, which has cost billions in legal expenses, victims of clergy sexual abuse want the pope to do more. ...Read More

Thousands of rape kits sit on police shelves for years. Credit: Rape Kit Action Project.

NEW YORK – Law enforcement agencies in 20 states soon will be getting grants to solve a longstanding problem – evidence in rape cases that often goes untested for years. New York City District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has announced that he will be using $38 million taken in civil fo ...Read More

A dozen State Police investigators will be assigned to help investigate college rape cases under New York’s new affirmative consent law. Credit: Tom S./

NEW YORK – In less than a month, New York's affirmative consent law, requiring uniform steps to combat sexual assault on college campuses, takes effect. State officials have announced details of how they plan to implement the law, including a dozen State Police investigators assigned to a new ...Read More

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