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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


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Public News Service - NC: LGBTQIA Issues

The passage of House Bill 2 and subsequent HB 142 prompted many private businesses to put up gender-neutral restroom signs in North Carolina. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Civil-rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, are setting their sights on the ban on local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals that was written into North Carolina's controversial House Bill 142.

Western North Carolina Community Health Services has received a $10,000 grant from the Campaign for Southern Equality to expand medical services to the LGBTQ community. (justgrimes/Flickr)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Community health centers across North Carolina meet the medical needs of a diverse population, many of whom aren't finding adequate care elsewhere. One such group is the LGBTQ community, and Western North Carolina Community Health Services, or WNCCHS, has just received a $1

A case challenging North Carolina's Senate Bill 2 is being heard in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today. (Brian Turner/Flickr)

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MARION, N.C. - A North Carolina law once again is being reviewed by a federal court. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., today is to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 2. Also known as the "Magistrate Recusal" law, it allows magistrates who don't believe in marriage

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday signed a bill overturning North Carolina's controversial "Bathroom Bill" after it passed the state House and Senate on the same day. But the repeal legislation, House Bill 142, leaves many LGBTQ advocates feeling as though little if any progress was made i

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing North Carolina over HB 2, and Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration have opted to counter-sue. (HalGoodtree/Flickr)

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DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina is going toe-to-toe with the federal government over HB 2, the controversial law passed in March. On Monday, the federal government filed a lawsuit against the state, saying it's violating the Civil Rights Act, Title Nine, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorizatio

A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - a regional district court for North Carolina - could impact the future of HB 2 in North Carolina. (BrianTurner/flickr.com)

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The fallout continues from Tuesday's ruling by a federal court in Virginia in favor of a transgender student – putting the future of North Carolina's controversial new law in question. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit – a regional district court fo

North Carolina lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory are facing criticism, even from the White House, for HB 2. The new law prevents local municipalities from enacting laws to protect the rights of LGBT people. (FrankJania/Flickr)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - The economic impact of House Bill 2, passed and signed into law last week, is hard to quantify so far, but economists warn the costs could be steep. The law strikes down local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. San Francisco, Seattle and New York City all

A new law will prevent local municipalities from passing legislation to enable transgender people to use public bathrooms assigned to the gender they identify with. Legal challenges are expected to follow. (Shelly/Flickr)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - While it often takes months to advance new bills through the North Carolina State Assembly, Gov. Pat McCrory has signed legislation lawmakers pushed through this week with sweeping speed. The State Assembly passed legislation, House Bill 2, that blocks cities from allowing transg

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