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    PNS Daily News - February 8, 20160 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast including: the presidential hopefuls eye New Hampshire; how the nation’s two-tiered justice system is benefiting corporations; and gun control laws in Maryland in limbo after an appeals court decision.

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Ahead of the 51st anniversary of the voting rights marches in Selma, Ala., an interfaith group is celebrating the works of the "Sisters of Selma" in Minneapolis. (iStockphoto)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Now that we're in the final weeks of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights marches in Selma, Alabama, a group of Minnesota interfaith leaders is celebrating the public justice works of a Midwest nun who was there. The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition is hosting a viewi ...Read More

The New York Police Department agrees to reforms of its surveillance practices as part of a recent settlement. (ramzi hashisho/freeimages.com)

NEW YORK - Some Muslim New Yorkers are cautiously optimistic about a settlement involving the New York City Police Department. The force has agreed to reforms following two lawsuits accusing it of unfairly targeting Muslims after 9-11. CUNY law school professor Ramzi Kassem heads the police accoun ...Read More

After a year marked by racial and religious tensions, there are hopes for peace in the New Year.(Maryhere/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. - From Gov. Rick Snyder's unwelcoming stance on refugees to racial tensions fueled by police shootings, 2015 seemed to be lacking "peace on earth and goodwill toward men." But some faith groups are optimistic that 2016 can bring about tolerance and respect. Randy Block, director of ...Read More

For new refugees, the first year in the U.S. is the hardest, but most are able to build better lives. (Int'l. Rescue Committee)

SEATTLE – A Washington man is observing the nation's immigration debate from the unique perspective of someone who has helped refugees resettle in the U.S. for almost 40 years. Bob Johnson retires next month as executive director of the International Rescue Committee's Seattle office. In h ...Read More

Interfaith Thanksgiving this Sunday. Credit: Rev. David Felton, United Methodist Church

PHOENIX - In the wake of the terrorist bombing in Paris, this weekend's Eighth Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner in Fountain Hills takes on a new role, that of bringing together a community riven by fears about Muslim immigrants from Syria. This week Governor Doug Ducey demanded the feds stop ...Read More

Gov. Ducey to refugees: Not welcome in Arizona. Credit: AimeeLow/morguefile.com

PHOENIX - Gov. Doug Ducey's call for a moratorium on refugees entering Arizona in light of the recent terrorist attacks in France is drawing criticism from groups that assist in settling refugees. The immigrants rights group Puente and Catholic Charities of Arizona are among those protesting the g ...Read More

Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to stop accepting Syrian refugees in Michigan is being met with some criticism. Credit: Office of Gov. Snyder.

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Rick Snyder is receiving some backlash following his decision to suspend efforts to accept Syrian refugees into Michigan. In the wake of Friday's attacks in Paris, Snyder said he is suspending efforts to encourage resettlement in Michigan, citing safety concerns. Sta ...Read More

Iowa National Guard Col. Gregory Hapgood, right, presents a plaque to Harold Cline of Marshalltown for participating in this month's Veterans History Project. Credit: Lauren Jensen

DES MOINES, Iowa - Some central Iowa veterans have shared their stories in time for Veterans Day. The Veterans History Project was established by the Library of Congress to collect the stories of American war veterans by recording and transcribing interviews with them. Harold Cline, a World War II ...Read More

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