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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2018 


The Trump administration pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Also on the Wednesday rundown: state AG's push back on the Trump border policy; and we look at the link between zine and fertility.

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Archive: June 5, 2018

Free summer meal programs are helping working families, who spend an extra $300 on food when school is out. (School's Out Washington)

SEATTLE – Summer break is approaching in Washington state, which also means many families can't rely on school for a meal during the day. Schools and summer programs will be stepping up to fill the gap with free summer meals. Marci Asher is the executive director of the Urban Family Center i ...Read More

Ten years ago, state lawmakers banned smoking in most public places. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill headed for Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk would make Illinois the sixth state in the country to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. Senate Bill 2332 narrowly passed the Illinois House last week after an initial failed effort. Opponents, in ...Read More

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatrician who made Medicaid expansion a centerpiece of his campaign in 2017, is expected to sign the legislation soon. (Twenty20/Esther Visier)

RICHMOND, Va. – Last week's vote on the state budget ended years of partisan gridlock over whether the Commonwealth should expand the publicly funded health-care program for the poor known as Medicaid. Now the focus turns to the challenge of getting more than 400,000 residents covered. A fig ...Read More

The Columbus-area Jubilee Market and Cafe has dietitians on hand to help folks with specific dietary concerns. (Lower Lights Christian Health Center)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some Community Health Centers are stepping outside the exam room to ensure that patients and others can access nutritious foods they need for a healthy lifestyle. The Columbus-area community of Franklinton has been without a grocery store for years, which means some resident ...Read More

Workers who earn certificates at places such as Portland Community College earn on average $5,000 more, compared with what they'd earn before completing the program. (Adumbvoget/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The traditional college route isn't the only way for Oregon workers to boost their wages. Recipients get big benefits from earning career-focused certificates at institutions such as community colleges, in some cases doubling their wages, according to a new Georgetown Universi ...Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor noted in Monday's decision that  cakeshop owner Jack Phillips violated Colorado's anti-discrimination law. (Jeffrey Beall)

DENVER – On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado cake shop owner who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, but also underscored that the Constitution does not give businesses open to the public the right to discriminate. In Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado C ...Read More

Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief detailing discrimination against LGBT people, same-sex couples and their families.  (MarkThomas/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Civil rights advocates fear the Supreme Court's ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case will encourage more attempted discrimination against LGBT people. By a 7-2 margin, the court ruled that the cake shop owner had not received an impartial hearing at the Colorado Civil Righ ...Read More

Nearly two dozen states are considering risk-based firearm-seizure laws such as Indiana's. (Rod Waddington/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is one of seven states with a law allowing police to seize firearms from those considered a risk to themselves or others. And new research shows that these so-called "red-flag" laws are working to help prevent tragedies. According to a study conducted by Aaron Kivisto, ...Read More

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