PNS Daily Newscast - August 21, 2019 

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Public News Service - CA: Civil Rights

Latino advocates announce a civil rights complaint over health care at a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday. (SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West)

California is violating the civil rights of Latinos by underfunding Medi-Cal, the state's health-care program for low-income families and the disabled, according to a complaint filed in federal court this week. In the complaint, a coalition of Latino advocates argued that Medi-Cal reimbursement rat

The California state Senate is expected to take up a physician-assisted suicide bill today or tomorrow. Credit: Arne Trautmann/

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Terminally ill Californians may soon have the right to get a prescription to end their lives. The end-of-life option act – ABX2 15 – passed the state Assembly on Wednesday, and now the state Senate has until the end of the legislative session tomorrow night to

The death penalty's constitutionality is being argued in a California courtroom today. Credit: davidhills/iStock.

PASADENA, Calif. – The death penalty itself is on trial today in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court in Pasadena. California's attorney general is appealing last year's ruling that declared the state's system of capital punishment unconstitutional. The federal judge in that case said the extensiv

Advocates for people in prison are asking President Barack Obama to ban the criminal history box on federal job applications. Credit: i_frontier/iStockphoto.

SAN FRANCISCO – Advocates for prisoners incarcerated in California are asking President Barack Obama to take action to ban the question about criminal convictions on applications for federal jobs, and positions with federal contractors. Their calls come after the president's recent comment th

PHOTO:  The Our Tomorrow Campaign will survey LGBTQ Americans at Pride events and online. Photo courtesy Equality Federation

LOS ANGELES – San Francisco-based Equality Federation wants to ask all LGBTQ Americans, “Where do you think the movement should go from here?” It's part of the Our Tomorrow Campaign - and Equality Federation is working with more than 100 partner organizations to pass out surveys a

PHOTO: Faculty and students will protest on college campuses today for National Adjunct Walkout Day. A San Jose State University professor created the event as a way to bring attention to the growing number of part-time college-level instructors. Photo courtesy of San Jose State University.
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Part-time college instructors across the state are uniting for better pay and greater job security. The rallies held on this first National Adjunct Walkout Day are designed to bring attention to the growing number of temporary, part-time instructors, often called adjuncts. Larissa Dorman, an adjunc

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Hearings get underway next week for AB-60, California's new immigrant driver's license law, but advocates say the way the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) plans to verify an applicant's identity and residency needs to be improved. A statewide coalition called "Drive CA"

PHOTO: Assemblywoman Toni Atkins was sworn in as the new Speaker of the Assembly on Monday. She becomes the first openly gay woman to lead the lower house of the California Legislature. Photo courtesy California State Parks Dept.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - History is being made at the state Capitol again. Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins was sworn in as the new Speaker of the Assembly on Monday, becoming the first openly gay woman to head the lower chamber of the legislature. She succeeds Democrat John Perez, the first openly

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