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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - WY: Social Justice

The number of people in prison or under the supervision of the criminal justice system would rank as the 10th largest town in Wyoming. (Boardhead/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As repair work continues on Wyoming's maximum security prison in Rawlins, a new report suggests ways for the state to relieve some of the stress on its overburdened criminal justice system. Sabrina King, policy director with the ACLU of Wyoming, said "tough on crime" tactics hav

Economists are headed to Jackson Hole to urge the Federal Reserve to raise its inflation target to spur higher wages and more jobs. (Getty Images)

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The nation's most powerful bankers are descending on Jackson Hole this week for the Federal Reserve's annual economic symposium, and they'll be met by a coalition of labor and policy groups who want a say in how the economy is mapped out. Shawn Sebastian, co-director of

More than 99 percent of the nation's taxpayers currently are exempt from the federal estate tax, slated for elimination under President Donald Trump's tax proposal. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – More than 50 multi-millionaires have signed a letter urging President Donald Trump and Congress to abandon their attempts to abolish the federal estate tax, the only tax on inherited wealth in the U.S. Chuck Collins, heir to the Oscar Mayer fortune and author of the book "Bo

Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill to make it easier for people to vote after they've served their sentences for nonviolent offenses. (Erik Hersman/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming lawmakers are considering a measure this week that would automatically grant nonviolent felons the right to vote again after serving their sentences. Under current law, all people convicted of felonies lose the right to vote while in prison - and nonviolent offenders h

Schools that take steps to reduce bullying and provide other supports for LGBTQ students are seeing better education outcomes, a new survey shows. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Schools that take steps to reduce bullying and provide other supports for their LGBTQ students are seeing better education outcomes, but the nation's middle and high schools can still be described as "hostile environments," according to a new survey by the Gay Lesbian and Stra

Residents who received letters questioning their citizenship status are encouraged to bring official identification or naturalization papers to polls. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The ACLU of Wyoming is advising residents to bring documentation of their citizenship to the polls Tuesday, in the wake of a correspondence from the Secretary of State's office questioning the legal status of some voters. Sabrina King, policy director with the ACLU of Wyoming, sa

If the federal minimum wage had grown at the same pace as worker productivity, it would be nearly $19 an hour in 2016. (Economic Policy Institute)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - This summer marks the seven-year anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage was raised, from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour, and the buying power of those dollars has fallen by 10 percent because of inflation, according to new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute. David

Research shows identity theft facilitated by companies is common in migrant farm work. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Farm workers are frequently forced into becoming identity thieves in order to get jobs, according to a new report from theUniversity of Colorado. The research showed that many agribusiness companies routinely give migrant workers who can't legally work in the U.S. valid documenta

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