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    PNS Daily News - October 7, 20160 

    Today’s news features a variety of issues including: the largest one-time release of prisoners announced by the Justice Department; new projects aim to stem catastrophic wildfires; and why kids around the globe are putting on their walking shoes today.


Rising numbers of new syphilis cases across New York has led to speculation about the causes for the outbreak. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syphilis cases are on the rise in New York, with a 160 percent increase between 2010 and 2014, according to state health officials. Some regions are seeing more new cases than others, including central New York, with a 111 percent uptick between 2012 and 2013. K. Daniel Reed ...Read More

At $750 a pill, treatment with Daraprim rose to more than $300,000 a year. Credit: Ladyheart/

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign wants to know if the 5,000 percent increase in the price of a potentially life-saving drug is illegal. The drug, called Daraprim, is used to treat a parasitic infection and has been around for decades. When Martin Shkreli took over New York-based Turing Phar ...Read More

A same-sex couple says they were denied access to an Illinois facility for a civil-union ceremony. Credit: earl53/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Supporters of equal rights are celebrating a victory against discrimination in Illinois. The Illinois Human Rights Commission on Thursday ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who claimed they were denied access to the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton to hold their civil-u ...Read More

Florida marriage certificate and license applications will change today to say "spouse" and "spouse." Credit: Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a nod to the legalization of same-sex marriage, Florida marriage certificates and license applications will change, starting today, to read "spouse" and "spouse" instead of "bride" and "groom." Same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida since Jan. 6, and nationwide si ...Read More

Miami-Dade County Commissioners endorsed the idea of issuing county ID cards on Tuesday. Credit: Kaarsten/iStockphoto

MIAMI - Starting next year, people in Florida's largest county may be able to get a county ID card, a move supporters say will benefit the community's more vulnerable residents. The Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to endorse the idea and ordered a feasibility s ...Read More

LGBT advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling has encouraged states to expand so-called religious exemption laws. Credit: Skeeze/Pixabay.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's Religious Freedom Protection Act has been used since 2002 to protect an individual's right to practice their religion, but a new report says laws being introduced around the country may be used to legitimize discrimination. The report from the Movement Advance ...Read More

Some conservatives call LGBT pride a "social agenda" that shouldn't be celebrated at the New York State Fair. Photo credit: Kate Northern/

ALBANY, N.Y. - A celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride kicks off for the first time at New York's state fair Friday. Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Aug. 28 as the fair's official Pride Day earlier this year, reactions have been mixed, with some critics complaining about "pol ...Read More

Events like the Super Bowl could on the line in the vote on anti-discrimination in November. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/Wikimedia Commons.

HOUSTON - A coalition of 35 organizations is mounting "Houston Unites," a campaign to keep the city's equal rights ordinance on the books. Terri Burke, executive director with the ACLU of Texas, says a lot of money is at stake if the measure is repealed in the November election. She points out Fac ...Read More

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