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    PNS Daily News - August 31, 20150 

    Among the stories we are following; President Obama renames the nation’s tallest peak; officials close in on a guns in parks policy; the death penalty on trial in California; and how dropping your devices could get you a better night’s sleep.

Human Rights/Racial Justice

An African American soldier and white soldier working together. Credit: Rockfinder.

AUSTIN, Texas - When members of the U.S. military leave the service, they tend to settle in more diverse neighborhoods than civilians of the same race, according to a new study from the University of Connecticut and Brigham Young University. Mary Fischer, the report's co-author and an associate p ...Read More

Denver's District Attorney continues to dismiss wrongful conviction evidence. Credit: Susan Greene, Colorado Independent.

DENVER – A man who has served 28 years in prison for crimes he says he did not commit may get a new trial, according to a report by the Colorado Independent. A Denver District Court recently heard Clarence Moses-EL's appeal, citing new evidence in a 1987 rape, beating and burglary case. Susa ...Read More

A new survey of Latino voters finds them focused on environmental issues, and willing to pay more for clean power to fight climate change. Chart by Latino Decisions.

RICHMOND, Va. - Latino voters are as focused on protecting the environment as they are on immigration reform, according to a new poll. The national survey done for Earthjustice and GreenLatinos found four out of five very concerned about clean air, clean water and climate change. Adrian Pantoja i ...Read More

PHOTO: A study published by the Vera Institute of Justice found the use of high-security segregation often caused violence inside prisons and jails and contributed to recidivism after release. Photo credit: Richard Ross/Incarcerated Nation.

NEW YORK – Prisoner advocates are asking state legislators to pass a bill that would dramatically alter the use of solitary confinement in New York prisons and jails. Last year, the state agreed to settle a lawsuit challenging solitary confinement, creating sentencing guidelines that include ...Read More

Events like the Super Bowl could on the line in the vote on anti-discrimination in November. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/Wikimedia Commons.

HOUSTON - A coalition of 35 organizations is mounting "Houston Unites," a campaign to keep the city's equal rights ordinance on the books. Terri Burke, executive director with the ACLU of Texas, says a lot of money is at stake if the measure is repealed in the November election. She points out Fac ...Read More

Death-penalty debate is back in Colorado. Credit: Andrejs Zemdega.

DENVER - Two high-profile murder cases have brought the death-penalty debate back to life in Colorado. Days after James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing 12 people at an Aurora movie theater, all eyes are on the sentencing of Dexter Lewis, who was found guilty in the ...Read More

PHOTO: Immigrant advocates give the Suffolk County Police Department credit for improving outreach, but they say the latest hate crime numbers likely under-report the problem. Courtesy: Suffolk County Police Department

NEW YORK - Immigrant advocates give the Suffolk County Police Department credit for improvement, but say major tensions remain and too many local immigrants and people of color fear interactions with the department. Make the Road New York is one of about a dozen advocacy groups that meet quarterly ...Read More

Texas' voter ID requirements swayed 2014 elections. Credit: Rice University/

HOUSTON – Texas' voter ID law kept some voters away from the polls in the 2014 elections, according to a new report. The Rice University study focused on the Latino-majority 23rd U.S. Congressional District, and shows that confusion over identification requirements discouraged as many as 9 p ...Read More

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