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    PNS Daily News - July 2, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the U.S. Supreme Court delays a Texas law that would have closed many of the state’s clinics that perform abortions, and the EPA says it will ban a pesticide which has been linked to ADHD, reduced IQ and other health conditions; and a report on the climate-driven rise in ticks and mosquitoes, which also raises the threat of potentially deadly insect-borne illnesses like Lyme Disease and the West Nile virus.

Civil Rights

PHOTO: North Carolina's Henry Lee McCollum is noted in the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a death penalty execution drug case. The lengthy nature of death penalty cases is credited with saving McCollum's life. DNA technology, not available when he was convicted, proved his innocence 30 years later. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

DURHAM, N.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the use of midazolam in death penalty executions may not affect North Carolina directly, but the state's Henry Lee McCollum case was noted in the court's opinion. McCollum walked free after DNA evidence cleared him of a crime he had spe ...Read More

PHOTO: The father of Jose de Jesus Deniz Sahagun wants to see the security tapes showing his son's alleged suicide at the Eloy Detention Center, saying, "They say my son swallowed a sock and a toothbrush. How is that possible?" Photo courtesy of Puente Human Rights Movement.

PHOENIX – The family of a man who died at the Eloy Detention Center last month is demanding an independent investigation, saying it has serious doubts about the story behind his death. Jose de Jesus Deniz Sahagun, 31, died in custody May 20, just days after arriving at the facility. An autop ...Read More

PHOTO: The head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky says the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex weddings legal in all 50 states has an impact far beyond marriage. Photo credit: Lexington Fairness.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last Friday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed, county clerks, as directed by Governor Steve Beshear, began issuing marriage licenses. In a statement the governor indicated more adjustments to state policy would ...Read More

PHOTO: Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage is gone, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality is a Constitutional right in all states. Photo credit: Ron Frazier/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality to all, that doesn't mean the fight for equal rights in Tennessee is over. Gwen Schablik, chair and president of the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, says there is still much di ...Read More

PHOTO: Jerry Anderson was wrongfully prosecuted in the death of his wife in Caldwell County. He is among dozens of people featured in a new report highlighting the impact and costs of wrongful capital prosecutions in North Carolina. Photo courtesy Center for Death Penalty Ligation.

DURHAM, N.C. – Over the last 25 years, dozens of people have been wrongfully prosecuted for capital murder in North Carolina, spending a combined 112 years in prison. That figure is according to a new report from the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, which highlights the devastating impact ...Read More

PHOTO: A candlelight vigil will be held in Fort Lauderdale tonight to remember the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting. Photo credit: Darren Hester/Morguefile.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Activists are holding a vigil in Fort Lauderdale tonight to honor the nine victims of the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The rally and march are intended to show solidarity with the Charleston community. Cassia Laham, an organizer of the event with Peop ...Read More

PHOTO:  The Our Tomorrow Campaign will survey LGBTQ Americans at Pride events and online. Photo courtesy Equality Federation

LOS ANGELES – San Francisco-based Equality Federation wants to ask all LGBTQ Americans, “Where do you think the movement should go from here?” It's part of the Our Tomorrow Campaign - and Equality Federation is working with more than 100 partner organizations to pass out surveys a ...Read More

PHOTO: The Our Tomorrow Campaign will survey LGBTQ Americans at Pride events and online. Photo credit: morguefile/mxruben

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June is LGBTQ Pride month, and Equality Florida is fanning out to Pride events all over the state to introduce the Our Tomorrow campaign. It's a survey and social media effort created by a national organization, Equality Federation, to identify the issues that matter most ...Read More

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