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PNS Daily Newscast - December 19, 2018 


A federal judge delays Michael Flynn’s sentencing after berating him in the courtroom. Also on Wednesday's rundown: The Trump asylum ban could go into effect at midnight; and North Carolina voters demand answers in an election-fraud case.

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Inside courthouses such as this one in Boston, some are predicting a spike of litigation about the so-called “garden clause” in Massachusetts' new non-compete law. (Carol M. Highsmith/Public Domain Pictures)

BOSTON – Massachusetts now has one of the toughest laws restricting non-compete clauses in work contracts, and it looks as though they'll be a lot less common at businesses in the state. One reason is the so-called "garden leave," a unique part of the Commonwealth law. If workers sign a non-c

About 70 percent of Massachusetts voters supported preserving the state's transgender nondiscrimination law. (katlove/pixabay)

BOSTON – Voter approval of Question 3 on the Massachusetts ballot was a victory for transgender rights in the Bay State. Approval of the measure upholding the state's transgender nondiscrimination law was one of several victories for LGBTQ rights and candidates nationwide. But the civil ri

A study found no increase in criminal incidents in public restrooms from gender nondiscrimination laws. (evitaochel/pixabay)

BOSTON – A study released Wednesday found including gender identity in nondiscrimination laws does not increase privacy or safety violations in public bathrooms, locker rooms or changing rooms. The study, conducted in Massachusetts by the Williams Institute, compared localities of similar si

Volunteer lawyers rallied to help Indra Sihotang, one of hundreds who have fled anti-Christian oppression in Indonesia. (QuinceMedia/pixabay)

BOSTON – A federal appeals court in Boston has ordered a review of a Bureau of Immigration Appeals ruling that denied a rehearing to a man seeking asylum. Indra Sihotang is one of hundreds who have fled anti-Christian oppression in Indonesia. He has been allowed to stay in the U.S. for well

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, on the steps of the Supreme Court, told the crowd,

BOSTON – A fight is already brewing over the replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement this week. President Donald Trump said he'll begin work on choosing Kennedy's replacement "immediately," and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell announced

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is hearing this week from his counterparts in more than 20 states. (Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON – A coalition of state attorneys general, including Maura Healy in Massachusetts, sent a letter on Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demanding that the administration immediately stop putting children in danger by separating them from their families on the nation's souther

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

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