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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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A panel of experts on solar energy discussed a new report on net metering at UNLV on Tuesday. (Jackie Zusi-Russell)

LAS VEGAS - Nevada utility customers already are reaping $7 million to $14 million a year from rooftop solar, whether they have panels or not, according to a report released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and energy provider Solar City. The research is intended to fill in gaps lef ...Read More

Bill sponsor Sen. Ken LaValle urges passage of his GMO labeling law on Tuesday. (Food and Water Watch)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Consumer advocates were in Albany on Tuesday, urging passage of a bill to require labeling of genetically modified foods before the legislative session ends. Advocates have maintained that the bill has the support of a majority in the Assembly and is sponsored by almost half of the s ...Read More

The National Education Association sent teachers from across the country to Washington, D.C., to ask senators to hold a hearing on President Obama's nomination for the U.S Supreme Court. (Patrick Chambers)

INDIANAPOLIS - In classrooms across the country, students learn about the role citizens play in democracy. And in about a dozen classrooms, they're hearing firsthand from their teachers, who got to go to Washington, D.C. They were selected for the trip by the National Education Association (NEA), ...Read More

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

Moms are fighting for clean air for children across the country. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Commission on Climate Change will be meeting twice this week to discuss an update being made to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The idea is to set climate pollution limits on fossil fuel power plants through 2030. Environmental groups, community lead ...Read More

This Saturday, several Pennsylvania cities join GMO protests planned in 36 countries on six continents. (Rosalee Yagihara/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA - "Four simple words": That's what consumer advocates say they want to see on foods containing genetically modified organisms. On Saturday in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other cities around the state, groups are holding what they call a "March Against Monsanto" -- one of the largest pr ...Read More

Consumers joined a broad range of advocacy groups at the State House to launch the Oral Health Integration Project, to help the one in ten Bay Staters who lack access to dental care. (HFCA)

BOSTON - One in 10 Bay Staters lives in an area without sufficient access to dental health professionals, according to a group working to improve that situation. This week, they've launched an Oral Health Integration Project, to provide alternatives for the 30,000 people whose dental problems sent t ...Read More

The Supreme Court has had a vacancy since Justice Antonin Scalia died in February. (Mark Fischer/

HARRISBURG, Pa. - National youth organization leaders and members of Congress are releasing an open letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling for a hearing and vote on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Congressional Republicans continue to insist they will no ...Read More

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