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    PNS Daily News - May 7, 20150 

    Today’s national news includes stories on a variety of issues including: action urged after another fiery oil train derailment; Baltimore’s mayor calling for a Justice Department review of the city’s police department; and National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day aims to end the stigma.

Civil Rights

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

PHOTO: Tari Muniz and her partner Kim hope to finally be able to make their marriage a reality, if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that states have an obligation to perform same-sex marriages. Photo courtesy of T. Muniz.

LANSING, Mich. – Is it the will of voters or a court or law that decides who can marry? The answer many Michiganders have waited years for is almost here, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the issue of marriage equality. Tari Muniz, 57, of Lansing has been with her partner Kim ...Read More

PHOTO: The ADA Legacy Tour travels to 48 states over the next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo courtesy of ADA Legacy Tour.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on a disability. On Wednesday the ADA Legacy Tour is due to make a stop in Nashville. The tour includes information on how the la ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signs House Bill 8, legislation that extends civil protection orders to dating partners, but doesn't go into effect until Jan. 1. Photo by Lisa Gabbard.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It took those who advocate for domestic-violence victims seven years to convince Kentucky lawmakers to extend protections to dating partners. When the legislation finally made it out of the General Assembly, 137 of the 138 lawmakers voted for the bill. The legislation, House Bill 8 ...Read More

PHOTO: The Obama administration has called for a ban on conversion therapy, the widely discredited practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Photo credit: Tony Webster/CC.

NEW YORK - The Obama administration has called for a ban on "conversion therapy" - the practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Although Congress is unlikely to act on the White House's request, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters ...Read More

PHOTO: Late Thursday, some Wake County voters filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that their civil rights are being violated by new local district lines passed by the State Assembly. Photo credit: jdurham/

RALEIGH, N.C. - Raleigh Wake Citizens Association and 14 Wake County voters filed a lawsuit in federal court late Thursday, alleging that new local district lines adopted by the state General Assembly this month violate their civil rights. This month's passage of the county's new district lines is ...Read More

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