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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 


    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.

Human Rights/Racial Justice

PHOTO: As West Virginia lawmakers prepare for the legislative session, it looks unlikely that a change of control in both House and Senate will derail Gov. Tomblin's push to reform the state's juvenile justice system. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Control of the West Virginia Legislature may have changed, but juvenile-justice reform still seems likely. It's one of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's big initiatives for the year, and the long-time Senate president usually gets his proposals though the Legislature. At a Thursday ev ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been outspoken in his disgust with the CIA interrogation tactics used following the Sept. 11 attacks. He commented about the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. Photo courtesy of Sen. McCain's office.

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain is among those condemning the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques" used on some terrorist suspects following the Sept. 11 attacks. McCain, R-Ariz., was among several lawmakers who spoke on the Senate floor following the release Tuesday of a report from the Senate ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 14,000 to 20,000 undocumented individuals in Kentucky could be helped by President Obama's recent executive action, according to the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Photo credit: Flickr.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Lexington immigration attorney says President Obama's controversial plan to grant five million undocumented individuals temporary stays and work permits is a "temporary fix." Guion Johnstone serves as program director at the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, which offers assistance to ...Read More

PHOTO: The shooting of unarmed teen Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a new Mobile Justice smartphone app which allows users to document and report interactions with police. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a smartphone app designed to help people protect their rights. Missouri American Civil Liberties Union executive director Jeffrey Mittman says their Mobile Justice smartphone app explains what proper pol ...Read More

PHOTO: Kirk Bloodsworth is the first person exonerated from death row in the U.S. He believes while it is important to do more to protect biological evidence in cases, repealing the death penalty is the best way to ensure innocent people donít end up on death row. Photo credit: Shekinah Lavalle.

RICHMOND, Ky. - An in-depth study of Kentucky's death penalty by the American Bar Association found a mountain of problems including a number of cases in which biological evidence sought for re-testing has "been lost or unavailable." Kirk Bloodsworth says that's unacceptable. Bloodsworth was the fi ...Read More

PHOTO: Children will be the big winners in President Barack Obama's executive action delaying the deportation of parents who are unauthorized immigrants, says the NEA of New Mexico. Photo courtesy of the White House.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The overall well being of thousands of American children in New Mexico, born to parents who are undocumented immigrants, should benefit from President Barack Obama's action on immigration, according to Charles Bowyer, executive director of the National Education Association ...Read More

PHOTO: According to reports from Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, children half the smoking age are working in America's tobacco fields, including this fifteen-year-old in North Carolina. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children, half the smoking age, are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Virginia and North Carolina. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study has found some are younger than 18. Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizi ...Read More

PHOTO: Knowledge is power, and the ACLU of Missouri hopes its new smartphone app will empower Missourians with the information and tools they need to protect their civil rights. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

ST. LOUIS - If you don't know your rights, you won't know if they're being violated. With that adage in mind, the ACLU of Missouri has launched a high-tech campaign to educate and empower Missourians when it comes to proper contact with police and law enforcement. Jeffrey Mittman, executive direct ...Read More

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