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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump 'fixer' Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: Higher smoking rates cause some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - CA: Civic Engagement

Protesters rallied on Friday in Los Angeles against the Trump administration's proposed changes to the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today is National Public Comment Day - part of a campaign responding to President Donald Trump's proposal to make it harder for working-class, legal immigrants to get a green card. Only three weeks are left to register your opinion on the "public charge rule" that would

Black students make up 6 percent of college-age students in California, but only 3 percent at selective public colleges. (ACTaylorJr/Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's most selective public colleges still admit far too few black and Latino students, according to a new report out today. Researchers at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that six out of 100 college-age students in California

Holders of Temporary Protected Status have been traveling the U.S. on the Journey for Justice bus tour, to raise awareness about their predicament. (Sarah Hall)

LOS ANGELES – A small but important victory this week for people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are fighting to stay in this country, after the federal government announced it will comply with a court order halting deportations until the lawsuit is done. The Trump administration te

SEIU California Executive Director Alma Hernandez spoke at a rally at the Capitol on Wednesday in opposition to Prop 5. (Rachel Linn Gish/Health Access)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The No on Prop 5 coalition kicked off its campaign Wednesday to defeat the ballot measure that would change the way properties are taxed in California. The coalition includes public sector unions that represent firefighters and teachers, plus groups that fight to protect

The National Week of Conversation events aim to increase civic engagement and improve on voter participation. (Morguefile)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — This week is the first-ever "National Week of Conversation" - a series of events promoted by local groups that work to bridge the partisan divide - in California and across the nation. The idea is to get people talking about the issues, focusing on civil dialogue, wher

A 2011 state law that required sentencing people with some types of offenses to county jail instead of state prison has created confusion that may have led some California counties to improperly drop them from the voting rolls. (svanblar/iStockphoto)

LOS ANGELES – Thousands of people were improperly removed from California voting rolls in 2017, possibly due to an administrative error, says a California coalition for people who are or have been in prison. On Wednesday, the "All of Us or None" coalition sent letters demanding restoration o

The Trump administration wants to upend a plan to protect the Southern California desert that took 8 years to negotiate. (bigwest1/iStockphoto)

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Tomorrow is the last day to register your opinion on whether or not to reopen the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan, which set aside land for solar, wind and geothermal development as well as for wildlife habitat and ATV use. The land-use plan covers mo

President Donald Trump predicted

LOS ANGELES – Even as President Donald Trump wraps up his first visit to the Golden State since the election, immigrant-rights groups are embracing California's new nickname as the "State of Resistance." Last September, the president ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pro

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