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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Civil Rights

Mark Zuckerberg’s planned paternity leave could affect efforts to enact new paid leave legislation. Credit: Miguel Ugalde

NEW YORK - News of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's upcoming two-month paternity leave sheds a new national spotlight on the issue of paid family leave. It also comes at a time when advocacy groups in New York and several other states are pushing legislation for paid family and medical leave. Eric ...Read More

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's executive order automatically restores the voting rights of thousands of felons who have satisfied all terms of their sentences. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. - With two weeks left in office, Gov. Steve Beshear has done what Kentucky's Legislature has refused to do - give back the right to vote to former felons who have fulfilled their sentences. Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday automatically restoring voting rights of tens of tho ...Read More

The wait for help for victims of dating violence in Kentucky is about over. New civil emergency protections begin Jan. 1. Credit Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – After years of trying, advocates for domestic violence victims convinced Kentucky lawmakers last winter to extend civil protections to dating couples. The new law, signed by the governor in April, takes effect Jan. 1. Under the old law, dating partners had to file criminal ...Read More

A new report says wage theft is robbing millions of New Yorkers of billions of dollars. Advocates say communities with large populations of immigrant workers such as New York City and Long Island are ripe for this fraud. Courtesy: Make the Road New York

NEW YORK - A new report says millions of New Yorkers are being ripped off every day by companies that cheat them out of wages and other benefits they should be earning. Kate Hamaji is a research associate at the Center for Popular Democracy, which issued the report. She says they found companies ...Read More

A study series is opening a dialogue about how racial dynamics can hinder social change. Credit: Anthony Easton/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In light of the intense racial climate generated by police shootings around the country, including the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland a year ago, a community gathering tonight will focus on ways to bridge the divide. The event in Akron is part of the Creating S ...Read More

There is bipartisan support for legislation in Wisconsin to return to treating 17-year-old non-violent, first-time offenders in Juvenile Court. Credit: Arva Csaba/iStockphoto

MADISON, Wis. - Seventeen-year-olds in Wisconsin may be getting second chances. In early December, there will be another hearing in the state Senate regarding legislation to reverse the 1996 law that says 17-year-old offenders must be charged in adult court. The proposed changes would allow 17-yea ...Read More

Critics are calling for the impeachment of a controversial Utah judge. Credit: Serggn/

SALT LAKE CITY – A movement is gaining steam to oust a Utah judge who sparked a national controversy when he ordered an infant to be removed from her foster parents' home last week – because the foster parents are lesbians. Judge Scott Johansen has since reversed his decision, but the g ...Read More

The ACLU in Minnesota and 10 other states has a new phone app to securely record and store their interactions with police. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After several phone videos of the police killings of unarmed black men and other misconduct have gone viral over the past two years, a civil rights group is rolling out a phone recording app today in 11 states including Minnesota. According to the ACLU, its Mobile Justice App will ...Read More

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