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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Public News Service - Illinois

Immigration rights advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's tie decision on President Obama's immigration policies could hurt thousands of Illinois families. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Immigration-rights advocates in Illinois are blasting Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that could doom President Obama's expanded immigration policies. In a 4-4 tie vote, the justices allowed a lower court decision to stand that prevents the president from shielding about...Read More

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Illinois ranks 21st among states in the latest national Kids Count Data Book. The research shows children of color continue to face serious challenges to education and other opportunities. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois is a mixed bag when it comes to children's well being, and a new report says there's plenty of work to do, especially for children of color. In the latest national Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Illinois ranks 21st, down one spot from la...Read More

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New numbers show Illinois lags behind most of the country in providing free or reduced cost summer meals for children from lower-income families. (Illinois State Board of Education)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – About a third of all children in Illinois don't know where their next meal is coming from, and a new report says very few low-income children will be getting the food they need during the summer. The report, "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation," says last year, only 1 in 7 lo...Read More

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Labor advocates say Chicago could become a leader on the issue of paid sick leave in the Midwest, if the city council adopts new rules allowing workers to earn five days off per year. (Arise Chicago)

CHICAGO - Worker's rights advocates say Chicago is poised to become a Midwestern leader on paid sick leave for employees. A City Council committee today is considering a move to allow Chicago workers the right to earn up to five paid sick days per year. Advocates say that would help about 460,000 wo...Read More

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A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell...Read More

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On the 50th anniversary of the Miranda warnings decision, legal scholars say Illinois is slowly making improvements to how young people's rights are being protected by the juvenile justice system. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Today marks 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court made Miranda warnings mandatory, and legal experts say Illinois is taking small but positive steps in bolstering those rights for young people accused of crimes. The Miranda ruling states every person must be informed of h...Read More

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A proposed update to the EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act will severely limit the state's own safeguards, according to an Illinois consumer watchdog. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - One step forward, two steps back. That's how some Illinois environmentalists describe new federal rules on toxic substances that could limit the state's own protections. Congress this week sent a bill to update the Toxic Substances Control Act to President Obama's desk. It's th...Read More

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A new report from disability-rights advocates say Illinois new overtime cuts are limiting the independence and health-care options of those who rely on home-care services. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research shows people with disabilities and the people hired to care for them are facing problems due to Gov. Bruce Rauner's new overtime policy for the Illinois' Home Services Program. A group of disability advocates released a new report detailing how about 30,000 Illinoi...Read More

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