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    PNS Daily News - October 7, 20160 

    Today’s news features a variety of issues including: the largest one-time release of prisoners announced by the Justice Department; new projects aim to stem catastrophic wildfires; and why kids around the globe are putting on their walking shoes today.

Social Justice

Illinois Fair Trade Campaign members warn the TPP could hurt jobs across the state. Courtesy: IFTC.

CHICAGO – With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a step closer to becoming reality, some advocacy groups say the trade deal could end up hurting some Illinois residents' jobs and health. Twelve countries in all, including the United States, agreed Monday on what's being called the largest r ...Read More

Plaintiffs in the case against SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law, will appeal a ruling that upheld a notorious provision of the law. Credit: Bluegame/iStockphoto.

PHOENIX – The legal fight continues against Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law. Plaintiffs announced Monday they will appeal a judge's ruling from last month that upheld the so-called "show me your papers" provision of the law. Victor Viramontes, national s ...Read More

A new nonpartisan coalition says the time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system. Credit: Richard Ross for the Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - The time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system, according to a new nonpartisan coalition called RISE for Youth. The coalition wants to replace the big juvenile prisons with community-based corrections. States around the country have been changing how they treat young ...Read More

The Midwest Conference on 21st Century Policing, to be held Oct. 7 at UW-Platteville, will discuss the rapid evolution of community police departments into paramilitary organizations. Credit:

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - The militarization of local policing will be one of the principal topics at the Midwest Conference on 21st Century Policing, to be held Oct. 7 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. A number of nationally-known policing experts will lead discussions on topics including how p ...Read More

More than three quarters of Latino voters support Pope Francis' theology on environmental conservation, according to a new study. Credit: Nico Campo/iStockphoto.

DENVER - One group particularly receptive to Pope Francis during his visit was the Latino community. A recent survey by GreenLatinos and ...Read More

Uber is facing a slew of lawsuits by disability advocates claiming the company is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Credit: Anders Wiuff/

NEW YORK - Uber is under fire from those who accuse the ride-hailing service of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Several lawsuits claim the company rejected guide dogs for the blind and passengers in wheelchairs. And a group of cab drivers just filed a lawsuit against New York City c ...Read More

As the state's fiscal year begins Thursday, a new report finds the budget lacking in programs to help lift families out of poverty. Credit: AcryllicArtist/morguefile

LANSING, Mich. – A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy is critical of the new state budget when it comes to helping break the poverty cycle that still plagues the state. The report acknowledges some positive elements, including an expansion of dental care for low-income chi ...Read More

Pope Francis' remarks before Congress and the White House on climate change and poverty are finding support among grassroots groups in Nevada. Credit: C-SPAN

LAS VEGAS - Pope Francis is in New York today after already expressing concerns during his historic U.S. visit about climate change and poverty. The pontiff's comments are finding support among some grassroots groups in the Silver State. Jane Feldman, energy chair for the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sie ...Read More

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