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    PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 20160 


    On today’s rundown: states sue over transgender bathroom directives while a new report finds the justice system is failing transgender people; Utah may revert to the firing squad; Congress finally tackles toxic substances and vigilance the byword as we splash into summer swimming season.

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As the Syrian civil war continues, an Illinois-based nonprofit group is trying to help young refugees attain their educational goals in the U.S. (Photo Illustration/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Chicago-area nonprofit group that supports the Syrian people will soon be offering new higher education scholarships for recently resettled Syrian refugees. This comes just a few months after the Karam Foundation, announced that four high school-age Syrian refugee stude ...Read More

Syrian refugees fleeing war in their country are being met with resistance in some parts of the United States.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Syrian refugee crisis has created a lot of rhetoric in the United States, which has created fear and even hate by some toward immigrants and Muslim Americans. It has also led some state leaders to reject the resettlement of the refugees. Ira Harritt, Kansas City program coor ...Read More

New England peace activists say they hope President Obama will get back on track on his goal to rid the world of nuclear weapons when he visits Japan later this month. (Chigoku Shimmbun)

CONCORD, N.H. - It is a visit that is sure to make history. President Obama plans to become the first U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, since the bombing. The White House says Obama will not apologize for the decision to drop the atomic bomb in 1945. Arnie Alpert, co-director of American ...Read More

A Boston-based peace group says President Barack Obama needs to bring some concrete nuclear-disarmament proposals when he visits Hiroshima later this month. (ChairBoy via wiki).

BOSTON – It is a visit that is sure to make history, but a Boston-based peace group says President Barack Obama needs to have some constructive initiatives in hand when he visits Hiroshima later this month. Obama plans to become the first U.S. president to visit that part of Japan since the ...Read More

A Minnesota Senate committee hears from the public today about a bill to require universal background checks for gun purchases in the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Legislation to strengthen background checks for gun buyers in Minnesota gets a public hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would require universal background checks for anyone who buys firearms in the state. Current Minnesota law does not require that private ...Read More

Conflict resolution and giving children hope are being used as tools to keep them out of trouble in Indiana. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - One of the most famous quotes about hope is from Desmond Tutu: "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness." That's one of the many themes at the Peace Learning Center in Indianapolis, which will host a Youth Empowerment Summit next week. The group works w ...Read More

Granite State activists will be sending a message on Tax Day that the nearly $2.5 billion local taxpayers contribute to the Pentagon budget could be better spent. (Arnie Alpert, AFSC)

CONCORD, N.H. – It's Tax Day, and as many Granite Staters trudge to the Post Office to file their returns, actions are planned in Manchester and Concord to protest what some consider excess military spending military spending. Will Hopkins, executive director of New Hampshire Peace Action, s ...Read More

Death penalty opponents hold a vigil at the South Dakota State Penitentiary on Good Friday. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A group of death penalty opponents is holding a Good Friday vigil to protest the use of capital punishment in South Dakota. The group is having its 19th annual prayer service outside the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, the only prison in the state where executio ...Read More

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