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    PNS Daily News - June 28, 20160 


    Here’s a look at what’s making news: a Supreme Court abortion ruling could have implications across the nation; a victory for salmon habitats in Washington; and doctors urged to screen teens for suicide risk.

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Renowned death penalty attorney and Kentucky native Stephen Bright says capital punishment is a decade or two from being eliminated in the U.S.. (Southern Center for Human Rights)

DANVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky native who has helped overturn dozens of death sentences says it's inevitable that the death penalty will come to an end in the United States. The death penalty remains legal for now in 31 states including Kentucky, but attorney Stephen Bright says capital punishme ...Read More

Thousands of South Dakota prisoners are living with disabilities, and advocates say the state is making positive moves to help returning citizens reintegrate into society. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – A new report shows that 32 percent of inmates in federal prisons and 40 percent of people in jails have at least one disability. The study from the disability advocacy group RespectAbility says any effort at prison reform needs to take that reality into account. And one area ...Read More

The 12th Annual Central Oregon Pride Festival takes place in Bend this Saturday at Drake Park. (Another Believer/Wikimedia Commons)

BEND, Ore. -- Bend will host the 12th annual Central Oregon Pride Celebration on Saturday, celebrating the LGBT population of central Oregon. Although that community is smaller than those in some other areas of Oregon -- the first Central Oregon Pride Celebration drew 35 people in 2004 -- festival ...Read More

One of Washington's first same-sex marriages after the passage of the Washington State Marriage Equality Act in 2012. (Seattle Municipal Archives)

TACOMA, Wash. — Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages. Since then, the number of gay and lesbian couples living together and married has gone up from 38 percent to 49 percent, according to a ...Read More

Immigration rights advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's tie decision on President Obama's immigration policies could hurt thousands of Illinois families. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Immigration-rights advocates in Illinois are blasting Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that could doom President Obama's expanded immigration policies. In a 4-4 tie vote, the justices allowed a lower court decision to stand that prevents the president from shielding about ...Read More

Protesters have expressed disappointment in police in the Freddie Gray case since his death in April 2015. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE – As the nation reacts to the acquittal in the Freddie Gray case, there are calls for justice and for peace. Rev. Tom Harris at Govans Presbyterian Church in Baltimore says you can't have one without the other. He's disappointed a Baltimore judge acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked two of President Obama's executive orders on immigration. (Kconnors/morguefile)

LOS ANGELES -- Latino rights supporters are regrouping after the Supreme Court split 4-4 on the constitutionality of President Obama's immigration policy. The tie lets a lower court decision stand, blocking two of the president's executive orders. One program, Deferred Action for Parents of America ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the use of race as a factor in admissions policies at the University of Texas-Austin. (University of Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday that the University of Texas can consider race as part of its admissions criteria in order to diversify its student body was a bitter defeat for Texas conservatives, who maintain the policy discriminates against white applicants ...Read More

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