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    PNS Daily News - March 4, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a U.S. Supreme court case being heard today could impact millions of Americans receiving subsidies through the affordable Care Act; following a months long political battle, congress approves a 40 billion funding package for the Department of Homeland Security; and another study shows the huge economic impact linked to America’s public lands.

Human Rights/Racial Justice

PHOTO: Minneapolis home-care worker Robin Pikala says new legislation on wage theft might have helped her when an employer went bankrupt owing her $2,000 in wages. Photo courtesy Minnesota AFL-CIO.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some Minnesota workers hope lawmakers can help protect them from having their wages stolen. Part of a package of legislation called the Working Parents Act would toughen state laws against employers who cheat or fail to pay their employees. It's designed for situations such as th ...Read More

Photo: It still takes a pardon from the governor for nearly a quarter of a million former felons, including Mike Hiser (at podium), to get their right to vote back. Hiser is participating in a rally at the state Capitol on Thursday in support of a bill calling for a public vote on the automatic restoration of voting rights. Photo courtesy of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Convicted of multiple nonviolent felonies, Mike Hiser spent four years in prison. Released in 2007, he says he's paid restitution and is off parole. Hiser says it's "un-American" that Kentucky does not automatically restore the voting rights of former felons like him. "For us to s ...Read More

PHOTO: A new analysis of police records shows thousands of stop-and-frisk instances by Philadelphia police each year are legally unjustified. Photo courtesy ACLU of Pennsylvania.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - More than a third of Philadelphia police stop-and-frisk instances are "not legally justified," according to a new analysis by the ACLU of Pennsylvania. The organization has been monitoring the city's compliance with a 2011 court order. Senior staff attorney Mary Catherine Roper sa ...Read More

PHOTO: Business, faith and community groups say legislation scheduled this week in a Colorado House committee would pave the way for businesses and individuals to discriminate against others who don't share their religious views. Photo credit: Hustvedt/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – A coalition of Colorado business owners, faith leaders and community groups is urging lawmakers to oppose legislation the coalition says will legalize discrimination in the state. House Bills 1161 and 1171 would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to follow any law that goes ...Read More

PHOTO: The call for a moratorium on Kentucky's death penalty has intensified after two separate courts overturned the convictions of death row inmates last week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – On back-to-back days late last week, separate courts overturned convictions in two cases of men on Kentucky's death row. Those reversals have amplified calls from critics of the state's death penalty system to at least place a moratorium on executions. Retired law professo ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado immigrants' rights organizations are calling on Congress and the administration to keep families together. Photo credit: Jonathan McIntosh

DENVER - A day after a federal judge in Texas put a pause on President Obama's sweeping executive actions on immigration, community organizations in Colorado are mobilizing. The ruling in Texas came one day before hundreds of thousands of immigrants were about to apply for access to work permits an ...Read More

PHOTO: Texas veterans often need legal assistance, from family matters to obtaining benefits, and the Texas Supreme Court is recommending that more money be allocated to help them. Photo courtesy of US Army.

AUSTIN, Texas - The chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court delivers his State of the Judiciary before a joint session of the Texas House and Senate today, and the needs of veterans will figure prominently in the address. Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said he'll speak about the efforts to improve acc ...Read More

PHOTO: Professor, author, and cultural critic Marc Lamont Hill will deliver the keynote address tomorrow in a celebration of Black History Month on the UW-Madison campus. The award-winning activist, journalist and TV host will talk about what he observed in Ferguson, Mo., several months ago. Photo credit: BET.

MADISON, Wis. - Marc Lamont Hill, a host on HuffPost Live and BET news and a CNN political contributor, will give the keynote address Thursday at the Black History Month observation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hill reported from Ferguson, Mo., last summer in the aftermath of the police ...Read More

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