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    PNS Weekend Update0 

    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

Human Rights/Racial Justice

PHOTO: Colorado's LGBT community is condemning the comments of a state lawmaker who claims that the Boy Scouts of America ending its ban on gay men serving as scout leaders will lead to child abuse. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Defense Department.

DENVER – Colorado State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt is coming under fire for his controversial comments about the Boy Scouts of America ending a ban on openly gay men serving as scout leaders. During a recent religious broadcast, Klingenschmitt, who has a history of making controversial comme ...Read More

PHOTO: High quality education for all children is part of the solution to increase the well being of children in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Wisconsin 13th in the nation in child well being.  Photo credit: U.S. Navy

MADISON, Wis. – A just-released report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation regarding the well being of children ranks Wisconsin 13th in the nation. Last year's Kids Count report also had the Badger state ranked at number 13. But Ken Taylor, the executive director of the Wisconsin Council on ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for people in prison are asking President Barack Obama to ban the criminal history box on federal job applications. Photo credit: i_frontier/iStockphoto.

SAN FRANCISCO – Advocates for prisoners incarcerated in California are asking President Barack Obama to take action to ban the question about criminal convictions on applications for federal jobs, and positions with federal contractors. Their calls come after the president's recent comment th ...Read More

PHOTO: Arturo Hernandez Garcia, whose case has become a symbol for millions of immigrants in the United States, is headed home from a church sanctuary setting after receiving a letter from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement saying he was not a priority for deportation. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

DENVER - Colorado immigrant Arturo Hernandez Garcia was able to leave the "sanctuary" of a Denver Unitarian church on Tuesday. After months working with lawyers and activists, Garcia received a letter from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirming that he was not a priority for deportatio ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama is expected to discuss his plans for criminal justice reform at a visit to Oklahoma's El Reno Federal Correctional Institution on July 17. He'll be the first president to visit a prison while in office. Photo courtesy Federal Bureau of Prisons.

NEW YORK - President Obama on Thursday will become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. The visit is part of a major push for criminal justice reform that began earlier this week when the president commuted the sentences of 46 prisoners serving time for nonviolent crimes, including ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for repealing the death penalty in Kentucky claim momentum remains on their side despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing the use of a controversial drug during executions. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – It was two weeks ago today that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an Oklahoma case that a controversial drug could be used in executions. Ironically, death penalty abolitionists in Kentucky see a silver lining in the 5-4 decision by focusing on what dissenting justices had to ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of people who rescued Jews from likely death during the Holocaust are the focus of an Israel-based Holocaust memorial now on display at the University of Nevada, Reno. Photo courtesy of the University of Nevada - Reno.

RENO, Nev. - A holocaust memorial from Israel on display at the University of Nevada, Reno pays tribute to the thousands of people who rescued those who may have otherwise died at the hands of the Nazis. Paul Baker Prindle, the University Galleries director, says the exhibition, "I Am My Brother's ...Read More

PHOTO: The trial will get under way Monday in a case challenging North Carolina’s election law, and what plaintiffs argue are the most restrictive voting provisions in the nation. Photo credit: kristinausk/Flickr.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A historic voting rights trial gets under way today in North Carolina, challenging what its opponents describe as a "monster" voter suppression law. The North Carolina NAACP is arguing in the case that HB 589 violates the Voting Rights Act by disproportionately targeting peop ...Read More

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