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    PNS Daily News - March 27, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; airlines worldwide reported to be considering revamping cockpit rules; Philadelphia police shootings said to be part of a larger pattern; a new report ranks the jobs picture for college grads; and a comeback story for the piping plover.

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PHOTO: Lawmakers are considering legislation that would provide state money to private and religious schools. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Education.

AUSTIN, Texas - A state Senate panel heard testimony on Thursday about a series of measures that would give money to parents who want to enroll their children in private and religious schools. Opponents say Texas can't afford to pay for a private-education system if it can't adequately fund public s ...Read More

PHOTO: Representatives from Detroit area churches, synagogues, and mosques will be among those attending a community conversation in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Selma march. Image courtesy of Detroit Clergy Gathering.

DETROIT – Fifty years after the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, a group of Michigan clergy members hopes to pick up the torch and continue the fight for racial and social justice. Reverend Barbara Kelley, senior pastor of the People's Community Church, Detroit, ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a ban on the practice of conversion therapy on minors. While opponents claim the legislation infringes upon a family's right to privacy, supporters say conversion therapy is unethical and linked to depression and suicidal behavior. Photo credit: Sophia Dzikas/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois could follow the lead of other states that have made a controversial practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality in adolescents illegal. The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act (HB 217; SB 111) would specifically ban any mental health provider from engaging in efforts to ch ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 200 people gathered in Denver on Monday to support legislative action on two bills to raise the minimum wage. Photo credit: Eric Galatas.

DENVER - More than 200 people gathered at the state Capitol on Monday in support of two bills heard by lawmakers to raise the minimum wage. One bill would let local governments raise wages on their own. The other would put a measure on the ballot to pay workers at least $12.50 an hour by the year 2 ...Read More

PHOTO: Special enrollment is still available for thousands in the Bay State to get care under the Affordable Care Act, but they need to act soon. Courtesy: Health Care For All

BOSTON - It's true the door shut on the second open enrollment period for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but advocates say there are still opportunities for thousands in the Bay State to get covered. Senior policy analyst at Health Care For All Suzanne Curry says special enrollment i ...Read More

Photo: Experts recommend using caution when it comes to what information you share online, in an effort to avoid cyberbullies. Photo credit: morguefile.com/gaborfromhungary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cyber bullying can happen to anyone of any age, according to author Blair London, who heard some of her adult friends share stories of their experiences on social media. After researching, she realized they were not alone. She maintains the distance provided by online co ...Read More

PHOTO: A new National Priorities Project analysis finds the Obama budget does a better job than House and Senate proposals to fund programs Americans say they most care about in recent polls. Credit: White House Photo.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new analysis sizes-up proposed national budgets from the House, Senate and Obama administration, and examines what those competing budgets mean for Maine and the nation. Lindsay Koshgarian is the research director for the New England-based National Priorities Project. She says t ...Read More

PHOTO: According to the Virginia ACLU the bloody arrest of U.VA. student Martese Johnson highlights longstanding issues of race and law enforcement. Photo courtesy of Martese Johnson.

RICHMOND, Va. – The American Civil Liberties Union says the bloody arrest of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson is a sign of deeper problems between African-Americans and police in Virginia. Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, says blacks are more l ...Read More

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