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    PNS Daily News - April 27, 20150 

    The week beings with nonprofits and other aid groups scrambling to help survivors of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal; a “fetal homicide” bill raising concerns in Colorado; and guess which state’s governor is getting thanks from same sex couples.

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PHOTO: Two laws on child sex trafficking have cleared the state Legislature, but millions of young people remain at risk in an industry that generates $9.8 billion annually. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the average age of victims recruited into prostitution is 12 years old. Photo credit: James Revgot/Flickr Commons.

DENVER - A law that would update how Colorado handles child sex trafficking passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, but victims won't see any changes until 2016, if at all. House Bill 1019 would have brought Colorado in line with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a federal law ...Read More

PHOTO: The Obama administration has called for a ban on conversion therapy, the widely discredited practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Photo credit: Tony Webster/CC.

NEW YORK - The Obama administration has called for a ban on "conversion therapy" - the practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Although Congress is unlikely to act on the White House's request, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of Minnesota child-care providers participating in the Parent Aware voluntary rating system is now at about 1,900 and continues to grow. Photo credit: U.S. Army/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The number of Minnesota child-care providers helping to raise the bar on quality continues to grow, but a new study also finds there is plenty of room for more to get on board. Parent Aware is a voluntary program that rates providers on a scale of one to four stars, allowing famil ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Birth Certificate Modernization Act would streamline the process for changing the gender on a birth certificate, bringing Colorado up to date with federal policies. Graphic credit: Devin Murphy/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Changing your gender could get a whole lot easier in Colorado, at least on paper. Last week, the Birth Certificate Modernization Act cleared the House Health, Insurance and Environment committee. The new law would bring Colorado up to date with federal policies by streamlining the process ...Read More

PHOTO: Texas lawmakers are considering new legislation that could subject lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to discrimination and even criminal prosecution. Photo credit: Ricraider/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - While outrage continues to grow over religious-refusal laws passed in Indiana, Texas lawmakers are considering at least 20 bills critics say would discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Proponents of the legislation say Texans should not be punished fo ...Read More

PHOTO: A Department of Justice report that found a shooting a week by Philadelphia police shows problems that are part of a bigger picture, according to groups working to change law enforcement in the city. Photo courtesy of the ACLU of PA.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Justice Department report that found a high number of shootings by Philadelphia police confirms what critics have been saying, the American Civil Liberties Union says. According to the DOJ, Philadelphia police shot about one person a week for the past eight years - a much higher ...Read More

PHOTO: Representatives from Detroit area churches, synagogues, and mosques will be among those attending a community conversation in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Selma march. Image courtesy of Detroit Clergy Gathering.

DETROIT – Fifty years after the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, a group of Michigan clergy members hopes to pick up the torch and continue the fight for racial and social justice. Reverend Barbara Kelley, senior pastor of the People's Community Church, Detroit, ...Read More

PHOTO: A Minnesota nonprofit organization is reporting success in helping keep former inmates from returning to prison by linking them with opportunities for employment and housing. Photo credit: Krystian Olszanski/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A program in Minnesota is making great strides in helping African-American men who are getting out of prison stay out - and also work toward getting out of poverty. Thomas Adams, president and chief executive of Better Futures of Minnesota, said key to the nonprofit group's succes ...Read More

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