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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Civil Rights

Florida activists want to restore voting rights to many of the people who have served prison time. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

ORLANDO, Fla. - More than one in 10 Floridians and nearly a quarter of African-Americans in Florida will be shut out of the polls in November because of past mistakes - but civil rights activists say they hope to change that. U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., has introduced legislation in the House - ...Read More

Texas is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (faull/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas officials are seeing a firestorm of criticism over their lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Texas, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender s ...Read More

Arizona is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (tzahiv/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona officials are hearing a firestorm of criticism over joining a lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Arizona, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender ...Read More

Homeowners are concerned about the environmental and health effects of fracking. (Daniel Foster/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH -- The future of a lawsuit seeking damages from opponents of gas drilling near their homes and schools is in the hands of a judge. The lawsuit, filed by gas leaseholders and a developer, seeks more than $500,000 from homeowners and environmentalists who are challenging a zoning ordinance ...Read More

As the Syrian civil war continues, an Illinois-based nonprofit group is trying to help young refugees attain their educational goals in the U.S. (Photo Illustration/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Chicago-area nonprofit group that supports the Syrian people will soon be offering new higher education scholarships for recently resettled Syrian refugees. This comes just a few months after the Karam Foundation, announced that four high school-age Syrian refugee stude ...Read More

The CARE Act ensures hospitals give instructions to a caregiver and the patient upon discharge. (AARP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Nearly five months after it went into effect, health advocates say the CARE act is making a big difference in the amount of education patients and their caregivers receive. The Hospitals and Family Caregiver Act requires hospitals to designate a caregiver for each patient when ...Read More

Syrian refugees fleeing war in their country are being met with resistance in some parts of the United States.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Syrian refugee crisis has created a lot of rhetoric in the United States, which has created fear and even hate by some toward immigrants and Muslim Americans. It has also led some state leaders to reject the resettlement of the refugees. Ira Harritt, Kansas City program coor ...Read More

Voting rights activists approve of Gov. Terry McAuliffe restoring voting rights for felons. (Flicker/Governor Terry McAuliffe)

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Terry McAuliffe's restoration of the vote for felons in Virginia goes in the opposite direction of an ugly national trend, according to voting rights activists. Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the multi-racial civil rights group Advancement Project, says numerous st ...Read More

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