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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: The U.S. Senate shoots down a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

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PHOTO: A recent statewide survey found a strong majority of Texas voters believe discrimination against gay and transgender Texans is a problem. Photo credit: Magnus Manske/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in Texas support protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans from discrimination, according to a new poll commissioned by the organization Texas Wins. Kevin Nix, communications director for Texas Wins, says while Texas lawmakers introd ...Read More

PHOTO: Noel, a 16-year-old from El Salvador, told a reporter he is walking to the U.S. to help his mother, who has cancer. Photo credit: Joseph Sorrentino.

RICHMOND, Va. - A crackdown in Mexico backed by the United States is making Central American refugees more vulnerable and not keeping them from trying to come north. An investigation in the magazine "In These Times" says when large numbers of Central American children showed up in the U.S. last s ...Read More

PHOTO: A state Senate plan to shift to privatized public employee pensions would be a bad deal for retirees and would ultimately would leave Pennsylvania taxpayers on the hook, analysts say. Picture courtesy of the state of Pennsylvania.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Privatized pensions - such as those pressed by state Senate leaders - actually have higher fees and lower returns, analysts say. The Republican lawmakers say they won't approve a state budget until Gov. Tom Wolf accepts their plan for dealing with Pennsylvania's $50 billion pensio ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that immigrants in Colorado contribute billions of dollars to the state's economy, are more likely to work for a living, and are job creators. Photo credit: Tano4595/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Immigrants in Colorado are a crucial - and growing - part of the state's economy, according to a new report. The number of foreign-born Coloradans grew by 35 percent from 2000 to 2013, adding $21 billion to the Gross State Product and generating more than $43 billion in goods and services. ...Read More

Photo: An AARP survey indicates caregivers of the elderly in South Dakota need help and support. Image by GDNS.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – AARP South Dakota has released findings of a statewide survey highlighting family caregiver experiences, challenges and needs in the state. The survey recognizes and supports the important role many South Dakotans play throughout the years as family caregivers. Sarah Je ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Pennsylvania teachers are sharply critical of legislative leaders they say are holding the state budget hostage in partisan push to privatize pensions and cut benefits. Photo courtesy of the PSEA.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Some teachers in Pennsylvania say Republican legislative leaders should get their knuckles rapped for using debt problems, created by many of those same lawmakers, to threaten public pensions. Economic analysts say tax cuts and reductions in state pension contributions have made ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Pennsylvania says a settlement in a class action suit it helped bring should mean the hiring of more minority police officers in Pittsburgh, ease somewhat strained relations in the city and prevent problems such as those seen recently in Baltimore. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia/VOA.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new agreement on Pittsburgh police hiring is designed to mean more minority officers - and the Pennsylvania ACLU says that should ease the chance of future conflicts. Plaintiffs and the city have settled a class action suit over charges that the selection process was biased agai ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Colorado will defend two African-American men the civil rights organization says were victims of racially biased policing during a traffic stop in Colorado Springs. The passenger, who shot video of the incident, is being charged with interfering with official police duties. Photo credit: Matty Ring/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The ACLU of Colorado announced Tuesday that it will represent two African-American men who were pulled over, removed from their vehicle, handcuffed, searched and detained at gunpoint by Colorado Springs police over a cracked windshield. As his brother was being removed from the car, Ryan B ...Read More

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