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    PNS Daily News - January 26, 20150 

    Today’s news highlights stories on variety of issues including: a major Nor’easter targeting the East Coast; a CIA whistleblower faces jail time; paid sick time on the table for legislators in Washington; and some say a new study on sodium should be taken with a grain of salt.

Civil Rights

PHOTO: The memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is being honored in Nevada and around the nation today through acts of service. Photo courtesy Corporation for National and Community Service.

RENO, Nev. - People and organizations around Nevada are honoring the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with acts of service on this holiday Monday, which honors the slain civil rights leader's birthday. Jocelyn Lantrip, director of marketing with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, says ...Read More

PHOTO: Long Island advocates are urging local immigrants to keep preparing their paper work for temporary legal status despite last weeks vote by the U.S. House to halt deferred action on deportations. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK – Don't get discouraged – that's the message being sent to New York's undocumented immigrants in the aftermath of the House vote to halt deferred action on deportations. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director of the advocacy group Long Island Wins, says there are upwards ...Read More

PHOTO: Service projects are being held around Indiana to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Photo courtesy of the City of Bloomington.

INDIANAPOLIS - The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered and honored today through acts of service in Indiana and around the country. The federal holiday became a national day of service in 1994. Samantha Warfield, spokesperson with the Corporation for National and Commun ...Read More

PHOTO: A so-called ag-gag law that's being challenged in Idaho and Utah has been introduced as legislation in Washington. It prohibits people from audio or video taping in agricultural production facilities without the owner's written permission.  Photo credit: derausdo/

OLYMPIA, Wash. – There's keen interest among farm workers groups and animal rights advocates in Washington in a so-called ag-gag bill introduced in the Legislature. House Bill 1104 gets its first hearing Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the House Public Safety Committee. It is almost identical to leg ...Read More

PHOTO: A hearing is set for this morning at the Federal Courthouse in Brownsville, as Texas and some two dozen other states seek to halt President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. Photo credit: Chris Potter/Flickr.
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Texas is center stage today in the national battle over immigration reform, with a court hearing on the lawsuit filed over President Barack Obama's executive action. About two dozen states, including Texas, are seeking an injunction against the plan, claiming it's uncons ...Read More

PHOTO: Attorney Sara Rose with the Pennsylvania ACLU says a new state law tramples the free speech rights of prisoners and former prisoners. Photo courtesy S. Rose.

PITTSBURGH - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit last week aimed at stopping enforcement of what it calls the "Silencing Act." Passed by the legislature last year, the act allows prosecutors or victims of a personal injury crime to obtain an injunction to prohi ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll shows support remains steady with two-thirds of Kentucky adults in favor of a a statewide, indoor smoke-free law. Photo courtesy Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Support for a statewide indoor smoke-free law remains steady according to new poll results, with two out of three Kentuckians supporting a ban. This is the fifth year the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the group Interact for Health has surveyed Kentuckians on the idea of pr ...Read More

PHOTO: This week marks the beginning of legal same-sex marriages in Florida, although the fate of other states' same-sex marriage bans could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo credit: FlemishDreams/

MIAMI - On Monday, Miami-Dade County became the first Florida county to allow same-sex marriages. The ruling was made in the courtroom of Judge Sarah Zabel, one of a handful of circuit court judges who had earlier ruled the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages to be discriminatory. As s ...Read More

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