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    PNS Daily News - May 22, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown: new charges in Baltimore against a half dozen police officers in the Freddy Gray case; high school graduation rates are up in Ohio, but disparities persist; a professor says he was punished for raising questions about GMO crops; and tips on safety and avoiding road rage as the summer travel season kicks into gear.

Civil Rights

PHOTO: A recent statewide survey found a strong majority of Texas voters believe discrimination against gay and transgender Texans is a problem. Photo credit: Magnus Manske/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in Texas support protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans from discrimination, according to a new poll commissioned by the organization Texas Wins. Kevin Nix, communications director for Texas Wins, says while Texas lawmakers introd ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The ACLU of North Carolina is releasing a mobile app to help citizens document interactions with police as they occur. Graphic courtesy: S. Carson.

DURHAM, N.C. - At a time when the manner in which police engage with citizens is being questioned and re-evaluated, North Carolinians can now use their smartphones to record and report interactions with law enforcement. A new app called Mobile Justice N.C. records videos and immediately transmits f ...Read More

PHOTO: Noel, a 16-year-old from El Salvador, told a reporter he is walking to the U.S. to help his mother, who has cancer. Photo credit: Joseph Sorrentino.

RICHMOND, Va. - A crackdown in Mexico backed by the United States is making Central American refugees more vulnerable and not keeping them from trying to come north. An investigation in the magazine "In These Times" says when large numbers of Central American children showed up in the U.S. last s ...Read More

Photo: A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, expected in June, could impact the ability of thousands of Tennessee couples to marry. Photo credit: Emily Roesly/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The legal status of thousands of relationships across Tennessee is up in the air as Tennesseans wait to see if an expected Supreme Court ruling on the freedom to marry will impact the state's constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage. Evan Wolfson, pre ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Pennsylvania says a settlement in a class action suit it helped bring should mean the hiring of more minority police officers in Pittsburgh, ease somewhat strained relations in the city and prevent problems such as those seen recently in Baltimore. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia/VOA.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new agreement on Pittsburgh police hiring is designed to mean more minority officers - and the Pennsylvania ACLU says that should ease the chance of future conflicts. Plaintiffs and the city have settled a class action suit over charges that the selection process was biased agai ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Colorado will defend two African-American men the civil rights organization says were victims of racially biased policing during a traffic stop in Colorado Springs. The passenger, who shot video of the incident, is being charged with interfering with official police duties. Photo credit: Matty Ring/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The ACLU of Colorado announced Tuesday that it will represent two African-American men who were pulled over, removed from their vehicle, handcuffed, searched and detained at gunpoint by Colorado Springs police over a cracked windshield. As his brother was being removed from the car, Ryan B ...Read More

PHOTO: American Friends Service Committee has been on the ground in Baltimore and is calling for police to scale back their presence in promote safety. Photo credit: Dorret/

BALTIMORE - Tensions still are running high because of the Freddie Gray death. Dominique Stevenson, director of the American Friends Service Committee "Friend of a Friend" program, has been in the area since last week, and offered perspective on what happened Monday that led to clashes between poli ...Read More

Photo: Research from Duke University finds that charter schools in North Carolina disproportionately benefit white students. Photo credit: jdurham/

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - With the state lifting its cap on charter schools in recent years and 147 charter schools now open in North Carolina, new research from Duke University questions which students the schools are really benefitting. Researcher Helen Ladd, a professor in Duke's Sanford School of Pub ...Read More

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