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    PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 20160 


    On today’s rundown: states sue over transgender bathroom directives while a new report finds the justice system is failing transgender people; Utah may revert to the firing squad; Congress finally tackles toxic substances and vigilance the byword as we splash into summer swimming season.

Youth Issues

Magazines that promote marijuana will have to be kept behind the counter under the latest proposal to legalize marijuana in Maine. (United States Fish and Wildlife Service).

AUGUSTA, Maine – It has been a long road paved with court battles and compromise, but Maine voters will get a chance to decide whether the state should legalize pot on the November ballot. David Boyer, who manages the Maine chapter of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, says the ...Read More

Naomi Goldberg is co-author of a new report that finds transgender people are vulnerable to many forms of discrimination that make them far more likely to end up in jail and prison. (Jimenez/Funders for LGBTQ Issues)

BOSTON – A new report says it is not just controversial bathroom laws, but a wide range of factors that make transgender people vulnerable to a wide range of harm. Naomi Goldberg, the report’s co-author and research and policy director for the Movement Advancement Project, says that in ...Read More

Arizona voters have approved a measure to provide $3.5 billion in school funds over the next decade, but advocates say much more money is needed to hire teachers, buy books and fix buildings. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona voters narrowly approved Proposition 123 last week, which will provide inflationary funding for schools for the next decade. The same group that got that $3.5 billion funding package approved say there is a lot more work to do to bring the state's schools up to par. The group wants ...Read More

An analysis from Salem found an initiative heading to the November ballot to tax large corporations would add $3 billion to Oregon's budget. (Shaundd/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. - A proposal heading to the November ballot would raise taxes on the largest corporations in Oregon in order to fund education, health care and senior services in the state. That proposal, Initiative Petition 28, would add $3 billion a year to the state's budget, according to an analysi ...Read More

The National Education Association sent teachers from across the country to Washington, D.C., to ask senators to hold a hearing on President Obama's nomination for the U.S Supreme Court. (Patrick Chambers)

INDIANAPOLIS - In classrooms across the country, students learn about the role citizens play in democracy. And in about a dozen classrooms, they're hearing firsthand from their teachers, who got to go to Washington, D.C. They were selected for the trip by the National Education Association (NEA), ...Read More

A program organized by the North Carolina Council of Churches offers grants to qualifying churches that offer health and wellness programs to their communities. (Justin/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Growing numbers of North Carolina churches offer their congregations health and wellness resources, alongside spiritual guidance. And beginning next week, a statewide program allows qualifying churches to apply for mini-grants to provide health related services to their commu ...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

Experts say talking face-to-face is critical in developing communication and relationships. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Smart phones and tablets make communicating easy in some ways, and yet experts warn there may be consequences for youngsters. A new poll from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association found the biggest concern of speech pathologists is that excessive technology use is ...Read More

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