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PNS Daily Newscast - June 24, 2019 


No military strikes, but President Trump sticks to tough talk against Iran. Also on our Monday rundown: Staying in jail may depend on where you live. Plus, summer is here – will national parks be ready?

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Public News Service - MI: Civil Rights

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission currently considers LGBTQ people a protected class, but a new amendment would enshrine those protections in state law. (Arashdeep/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. - LGBTQ lawmakers and their supporters have introduced an amendment to the state's Civil Rights Act to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in Michigan. The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, passed in 1976, makes it illegal to discriminate in matters of housing,

A new package of bills on LBGTQ adoption would reverse laws passed in 2015. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. — LGBTQ advocates are speaking out in favor of three bills just introduced in the state Legislature that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of religion or sexual orientation by state-funded adoption and foster-care agencies. The bills would reverse laws passed in 2015 th

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LANSING, Mich. — A package of bills designed to improve government transparency went before the state House Government Operations committee on Tuesday. Michigan has the worst record on government transparency in the country, according to a 2015 report from the Center for Public Integrity. Th

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer displays the LGBTQ anti-discrimination executive directive after a signing ceremony on Monday. (Jim Murray/Equality MI)

LANSING, Mich. — Civil-rights groups are celebrating a new directive from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that bans discrimination against LGBTQ people who work for the state or its contractors, or who service state properties. The directive specifically forbids discrimination based on sexual orienta

The group Michigan United is pushing for comprehensive immigration reform and a case-by-case approach to deportation. (Erik Shelley)

FARMINGTON, Mich. – Dozens of people are taking part in a pilgrimage of sorts, walking 90 miles over nine days from Detroit to Lansing to draw attention to the plight of specific, undocumented immigrants facing deportation – those who have lived here many years. The marchers started Tue

Outside of metro Detroit, a new study finds many Michiganders don't know any Muslims or much about their everyday lives. (cohdra/morguefile)

DEARBORN, Mich. -- They are doctors, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, but they're also the victims of hate crimes, discrimination, and profiling. That's why a first-of-its-kind study of Michigan's Muslims looks to correct misconceptions about the community. The Muslims for American Progress repo

Trump's plan to ban transgender troops is drawing criticism and outrage. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – He pledged to defend their rights, but President Trump now says transgender individuals can't defend their country, which activists say could set off a ripple effect of discrimination. Stephanie White is executive director of the advocacy group Equality Michigan and also ser

Men who are improperly named the father of a child can face financial and legal challenges. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – While some Michigan men enjoyed their Father's Day with family, for others it was a cruel reminder of the injustice they face. In Michigan and some other states, it is easy to become the named father of another man's child. And that can mean expensive financial challenges an

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