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    PNS Daily News - October 5, 20150 

    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; the fight continues in support of public lands; New York steps up bail reform efforts; and a Southern City examines an unconventional approach to the problem of homelessness.

Civil Rights

The Midwest Conference on 21st Century Policing, to be held Oct. 7 at UW-Platteville, will discuss the rapid evolution of community police departments into paramilitary organizations. Credit:

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - The militarization of local policing will be one of the principal topics at the Midwest Conference on 21st Century Policing, to be held Oct. 7 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. A number of nationally-known policing experts will lead discussions on topics including how p ...Read More

Most National Security Letter recipients are forbidden to talk about them. Credit: Tom Murphy/

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For the first time, a federal court has lifted an FBI-imposed gag order on a National Security Letter. A National Security Letter is an administrative subpoena usually requesting business records. Since the passage of the USA Patriot Act, tens of thousands have been issued to ind ...Read More

It is Employ Older Workers Week. In Oregon, 13 percent of the workplace civil rights complaints to the state are about age discrimination. Courtesy: AARP

PORTLAND, Ore. - This is "Employ Older Workers Week," and within five years, the U.S. Labor Department says one in four Americans on the job will be age 55 or older. Some companies are adapting to this demographic shift better than others, according to AARP. Its report on older workers released ear ...Read More

Grassroots groups say they registered more than 2,000 voters from working-class communities on Long Island and will help raise minority voices in the November elections. Courtesy: S. MacFarland/MTRNY

NEW YORK - Grassroots groups announced Tuesday that they are getting ready for the fall elections by registering more than 2,000 new voters in working-class communities on Long Island. More than a dozen organizations had volunteers out registering Long Islanders in communities of color. Because so ...Read More

New analysis from the Institute for Women's Policy Research shows, if current trends continue, women will not receive equal pay until 2059. Credit: CreativaImages/iStockphoto

DENVER - Women won't get paid as much as men until the year 2059, according to a report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Study director Jessica Milli says the median income for women working full-time was over $10,000 less than men in 2014. Milli says more needs to be done to close the ...Read More

A same-sex couple says they were denied access to an Illinois facility for a civil-union ceremony. Credit: earl53/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Supporters of equal rights are celebrating a victory against discrimination in Illinois. The Illinois Human Rights Commission on Thursday ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who claimed they were denied access to the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton to hold their civil-u ...Read More

The letter Ben Griffith wrote to supporters of abolishing the death penalty. He and other victims' family members have issued a matching-fund challenge to Kentuckians who share their view. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Family members of six murder victims have issued a matching-fund challenge to Kentucky to support repealing the death penalty. Collectively, they have raised just over $1,600 to match donations to the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Frankfort resident Ben Gri ...Read More

Citizenship Day, also known as Constitution Day, is being celebrated in Florida with pro-immigration clinics. Credit: avidcreative/iStock

MIAMI – Today is National Citizenship Day, also known as Constitution Day – and immigrants-rights supporters in Arizona are celebrating by helping more eligible people become citizens. Subhash Kateel, communications director for the Service Employees International Union Florida, says h ...Read More

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