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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2019 


Signs that the Mueller Trump/Russia probe could wrap up in the next week. Also on our Thursday rundown: A death penalty repeal likely to pass in New England. Plus, cancer survivors rally for tougher smoking laws in Tennessee.

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Public News Service - CA: Civil Rights

San Francisco, CA - The path to becoming a U.S. citizen is growing longer and longer, leaving many of California's legal immigrants stuck in the process. It's a part of the immigration crisis that's often overlooked, according to a new report that finds the backlog can hurt families and careers and

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the federal policy on gays in the military, will be the focus of a hearing on Capitol Hill today. California Congresswoman Susan Davis has scheduled the hearing, which is the first since the policy was implemented in 1993. Gay-rights advocates call it one of the most anti-fa

As the November election approaches, voting rights advocates say it is vital that California's county election offices allow for technical inspections of their electronic voting equipment. State law (California Election Code 15004) permits what it calls "accredited observers" to review machines and

Sacramento, CA - The landmark ruling from the California Supreme Court allowing same-sex couples to marry is being heralded as an historic moment. In a four-to-three decision, the justices ruled Thursday that a voter-approved law defining marriage as between one man and one woman was unconstitutiona

Oakland, CA - Protesters in California today are joining others across the nation in urging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to stop the demolition of 4,500 New Orleans public housing units. HUD wants to replace them with mixed-income neighborhoods, but activists say the move tar

In the game of keeping government secrets "secret," a new report finds the government is winning. The report examines the complex system used by state and local governments to keep information from public view, versus information attained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. It conclu

Too many schools in California have the same school "colors," according to racial justice watchdogs dismayed by the new Supreme Court ruling on school segregation. Tammy Johnson, of the Applied Research Center in Oakland says the ruling has caused confusion. She says while it struck down specific de

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