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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2018 


First Lady Melania Trump makes a statement against separating kids from parents. Also on the Monday rundown: Anti-hunger advocates applaud the newest Farm Bill; plus diaper duty an economic burden for 1-in-3 families.

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The Boston Poor People's Campaign held a rally at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Monday, calling for a $15 minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, and a

BOSTON – Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., held a hearing at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday afternoon that focused on issues raised by the Poor People's Campaign, including economic inequality, union rights and voter suppression. Massachusetts is one of 35 states where protesters have engaged for

When enforcement of Connecticut's

BOSTON - With the state Senate poised to take up a bill to allow removal of firearms from people considered a danger to themselves and others, new research shows such laws reduce suicides. The so-called "Red Flag" bill would allow a relative or someone with close ties to a legal gun owner to petiti

Experts say in-person family visits with people who are in jail or prison help reduce recidivism. (Boardhead [CC BY-SA 3.0)]/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON – Maintaining contact with family is important to the wellbeing of people who are incarcerated, and a bill in the state legislature would ensure that in-person visits are protected. The visitation provision is part of a much larger criminal justice reform bill. According to Lucius Co

ICE officials have carried out enforcement actions in at least 24 Massachusetts courthouses. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

BOSTON – Civil-rights groups are asking the Commonwealth's highest court to stop federal immigration officials from arresting people at courthouses. Public records show that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have acted in at least two dozen state courthouses around Massachusetts.

Nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana. (StayRegular/Pixabay)

BOSTON – A bill has been introduced in the legislature to keep those who follow the Bay State's law on marijuana use from being turned over to federal authorities. The bill, called "An Act relative to refusal of complicity", would prohibit local and state officials from using state resources

Advocates for LGBT people fear a proposal to create a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division at the Dept. of Health and Human Services would mean more discrimination. (gagnonm1993/Pixabay)

BOSTON — LGBT Americans face a patchwork of civil rights protections from state-to-state, and their advocates say a potential new government office could increase discrimination. On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services released details of a proposed rule for a new division in

Transgender people in Massachusetts say now is the time to double-down on state LGBTQ protections, as the Trump administration is moving to repeal them at the federal level. (Freedom For All Americans).

BOSTON -- The Trump administration has been wasting no time when it comes to rolling back protections for the gay community, and Bay State advocates say that is especially true for transgender people. The good news is that there are significant protections in place for gay people in Massachusetts,

If you travel with a laptop or mobile device, a lawsuit filed in Boston could impact you. (CBP).

BOSTON – Eleven travelers whose laptops and mobile devices were searched at the U.S. border are suing the Department of Homeland Security in a case filed in federal court in Boston on Wednesday. At issue is border agents' practice of searching devices without a warrant. Diane Maye is a forme

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