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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Public News Service - MI: Civil Rights

According to the Department of Homeland Security, an estimated 13.2 million Lawful Permanent Residents or green-card holders currently live in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – Local experts say the latest changes to federal immigration laws would have damaging ripple effects on Michigan's immigrant families. Under the new rule, legal immigrants who are applying for green card status would be denied if they've used federal assistance programs, like

Ann Arbor couple Alaa Kouider and Ameur Dhaimini, along with the Council on American Muslim Relations, are filing a civil-rights complaint against Tim Hortons restaurants. (Alaa Kouider)

LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan group that advocates for Muslims is filing a civil-rights complaint today against Tim Hortons restaurants, claiming a worker refused to serve a Muslim-American couple and told them to, quote, "Go back to your own country.' At a news conference today, the Council o

The cities of Somerville, Mass., and San Francisco recently have forbidden local law enforcement from using facial-recognition surveillance.(Metamorworks/AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. – Privacy advocates spoke out Wednesday at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security against the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement. It comes after revelations that both the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcemen

A U.S. Supreme Court decision will allow Michigan's gerrymandered districts to stay in place for 2020, but an independent citizens' commission will be redrawing them for 2022. (Voters Not Politicians)

LANSING, Mich. – Despite a blow from the U.S. Supreme Court, anti-gerrymandering groups are pressing on to implement the Michigan voter initiative that gives redistricting power to an independent citizens' commission. The high court ruled late last week that federal judges can't interfere wi

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

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