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    PNS Daily News - December 29, 20140 


    We’re highlighting a variety of stories in today’s rundown including: the continued search for a missing AsiaAir flight; eyes in the skies – new rules expected soon on the commercial use of drones; and how kicking the habit could reduce pain.

Civil Rights

PHOTO: Henry McCollum spent 30 years on death row before being exonerated of his crime and released. Photo courtesy of Jenny Warburg.

RALEIGH, N.C. - The close of 2014 marks eight years since North Carolina has executed a person on death row. That's also the national trend, according to a new report by the Death Penalty Information Center. This year, three inmates were sentenced to death in North Carolina, far less than at a peak ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court is taking action to uphold a lower court ruling that overturned Arizona's law preventing some young immigrants from getting drivers' licenses. Photo courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.

PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court is supporting a lower court ruling allowing young immigrants in Arizona to get driver's licenses. The high court refused to stay a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which overturned Arizona's denial of licenses to immigrants who have statu ...Read More

PHOTO: A national expert says an investigative report from the U.S. Attorney on abuses at Rikers Island has been one of the year's best developments for juvenile justice in New York. Photo Credit: Tim Rodenberg/Flickr.

NEW YORK - A national expert says the culture of lawlessness on Rikers Island ranks as the worst he has seen in 30 years of study, but he ranks a recent report on the facility as one of the best developments for New York juvenile justice in 2014. Mark Soler, executive director with the Center for ...Read More

PHOTO: As some civil rights leaders call for congressional hearings into the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, a group of concerned Michigan residents heads to Washington to attend a national march against police violence on Saturday. Photo credit: nightfall/morguefile.com.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The recent lack of indictments in the police killings of young, unarmed black men in several states has raised strong emotions in Michigan and across the nation, and one group is turning the outrage into action. The Rev. Jamie Hawley is a chaplain for the University of Michigan H ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 14,000 to 20,000 undocumented individuals in Kentucky could be helped by President Obama's recent executive action, according to the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Photo credit: Flickr.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Lexington immigration attorney says President Obama's controversial plan to grant five million undocumented individuals temporary stays and work permits is a "temporary fix." Guion Johnstone serves as program director at the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, which offers assistance to ...Read More

PHOTO: Republican supporters of the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act say it adds another layer of protection to First Amendment free exercise rights, but opponents say it is a pathway to legalized discrimination. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. – With just a handful of legislative days left before the end of the year, some civil rights activists fear lawmakers are using the lame duck session to legalize certain forms of discrimination. Brooke Tucker, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michiga ...Read More

PHOTO: The divide between police and their communities, and what can be done about it, is the topic of an expert panel at Indiana University Northwest. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile.

GARY, Ind. - Calls for better accountability among those sworn to protect their communities have followed the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Today in Gary, a panel of Indiana experts and leaders gathers to discuss the tension and controversy - and what could be done about it. Jane ...Read More

PHOTO: The shooting of unarmed teen Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a new Mobile Justice smartphone app which allows users to document and report interactions with police. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a smartphone app designed to help people protect their rights. Missouri American Civil Liberties Union executive director Jeffrey Mittman says their Mobile Justice smartphone app explains what proper pol ...Read More

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