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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

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The U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the use of race as a factor in admissions policies at the University of Texas-Austin. (University of Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday that the University of Texas can consider race as part of its admissions criteria in order to diversify its student body was a bitter defeat for Texas conservatives, who maintain the policy discriminates against white applicants ...Read More

Progress Virginia makes may in part depend on dealing with the one in six state children growing up in poverty. (Beatrice Murch/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia risks its future if it fails to help the more than a quarter million children living in poverty, say child advocates. The recent Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation moved the state up three spots to eleventh in overall child welfare. Margaret Nimmo Holland ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision in Fisher vs. University of Texas in Austin, a case where the university's admissions policy, which includes race as a factor, is being challenged. (morguefile.com)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The future of affirmative action policies at North Carolina's universities could be determined by a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. As early as this week, the court is expected to rule on a case challenging the admission policy at the University of Texas in Austin (Fisher v. ...Read More

Olympic Peninsula YMCAs are using school gardens to teach children during the summer. (Growing Great/flickr)

SEATTLE - Children who rely on school meal programs often struggle with hunger over the summer, when access to meal programs is limited. According to a report from the Food Research and Action Center, Washington saw a 27 percent increase in average participation per day in summer nutrition programs ...Read More

Ohio's child poverty rate of 23 percent has worsened since 2008. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The basic needs of Ohio's children are not being met, according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book. The data released Tuesday ranked Ohio 26th for overall child well-being, the first time in four years the state has landed in the bottom half of states. Dawn Wallace-Pascoe, director ...Read More

Michigan is ranked 40th among states for educational outcomes in the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – While the overall well-being of Michigan kids is improving, a new report says children are falling behind when it comes to education. Michigan dropped to 10th-worst nationally for education in the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, released today. Kids Count Michigan Project Directo ...Read More

Full-time employees of Tennessee public colleges and universities now will be able to register with their school to carry a gun on campus if they already have proper permitting. (Morguefile.com)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- As the subject of gun laws takes center stage in the wake of the Orlando massacre, Tennessee college campus police are beginning to process registrations for employees who wish to carry guns while at work. The law allowing for full-time employees to carry guns on campus takes ef ...Read More

Planned Parenthood Arizona is encouraging school districts to develop a local sex education curriculum. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Just last week, one Arizona school board voted to update its sex-education curriculum, with input from parents. Since sex-ed isn't required in Arizona schools, there is inconsistency across the state in how the topic is handled. In the absence of a statewide program, for some years ...Read More

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