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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - MD: Social Justice

Maryland Department of Corrections officials plan to step up screening of books coming into the system. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – After inmate advocates objected to new restrictions, Maryland prison officials are allowing inmates to continue receiving book shipments from online retailers and directly from relatives. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer recently reversed th

A report by the Movement Advancement Project shows how preemption laws can limit local progress and threatens LGBT people. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — While cities and counties are trying to pass their own nondiscrimination ordinances, a new report shows how some states use preemption laws to block local governments from putting in place their own protections. Naomi Goldberg, director of policy and research at the Movemen

A new Maryland law requires that evidence of sexual assault be kept for 20 years. (Roxanne Ready/Flickr)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Thanks to the Maryland General Assembly's rapid response and passage of several laws to help victims of sexual assault, some victim advocates say the state is leading the country in its handling of sexual harassment and assault cases. Last year, several laws took effect, inc

Maryland is home to the fourth-largest community of Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status in the nation, some 20,000 people according to the New York-based Center for Migration Studies. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As the Trump administration moves forward with plans to end the protected status of thousands of immigrants who fled conflicts and disasters in their home countries, local governments are passing their own resolutions calling for the temporary protections to stay. The Department

Maryland has capped payday loans at 33 percent but other states have not put limits in place. (consumerfinance.gov)

BALTIMORE — While consumer rights groups are celebrating last week's decision by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to stop payday debt traps, they say there's still more work to be done. The new rules require payday lenders to start verifying a borrower's ability to repay the loan bef

About 56 million Americans live with some type of disability, and voters guides are available by state featuring candidates' views on the issues that affect them. (cityofirvine.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A group advocating for rights for people with disabilities has spent the last year contacting all the candidates running for president, governor and U.S. Senate in the general election, asking them to fill out a survey explaining how they would address the issues that 56 milli

Advocates for the LGBT community say they hope the nation's next president will make as many strides for equal and fair treatment as President Obama has. (whitehouse.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With just over three weeks to go before the November 8 election, advocates backing a variety of issues are urging people to get out and vote. One issue that hasn't gotten much coverage in the presidential campaign, according to Isaiah Wilson external affairs manager with the Nati

Another ruling is expected today in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. (baltimorecitypolicedept.org)

BALTIMORE – Another tragic weekend – this time with police officers killed in Baton Rouge, La. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, unrest continued as more than 60 people were arrested, 10 of them juveniles, accused of blocking traffic on Interstate 63. They were protesting what they consider v

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