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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - NY: LGBTQIA Issues

LGBT rights have come a long way over the past 40 years. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

NEW YORK – There could be some trouble for LGBT rights during the Trump presidency. Donald Trump has said he would like to overturn national same-sex marriage rights, and as Indiana's governor, Mike Pence championed what some saw as extreme anti-LGBT measures. According to Lambda Legal's Dep

Ten transgender people were murdered in the U.S. in the first five months of 2016. (Quinn Dombrowski/<br />Flickr)

NEW YORK - In shock and defiance over the mass killing in a Florida gay nightclub, New York's LGBT community marched in solidarity with Orlando on Monday evening. Elected officials and LGBT advocates turned out for the 5th annual Translatina March, demanding an end to discrimination, violence and h

Gov. Cuomo pledged $200 million to fight AIDS in the 2016-17 budget. (GovernorAndrewCuomo/Flickr)

NEW YORK - The new state budget falls far short of funds promised to fight HIV/AIDS in New York, according to advocates. Last year on World AIDS Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to commit an additional $200 million in the coming fiscal year to his campaign to end HIV/AIDS in New York by 2020. But

An estimated 20 percent of young people in juvenile detention are LGBT. (Eugene Peretz/Flickr)

NEW YORK - The criminal justice system is failing LGBT Americans, according to a report released today. Less than four percent of the population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But the report, from the Movement Advancement Project, found twice that percentage among adults in j

In 2013, only 48 percent of HIV+ 13- to 24-year-olds had suppressed viral loads. (PAHO/flickr.com)

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants minors to be able to get treatment for HIV without parental consent. Under current state law, people younger than 18 can be tested for HIV without telling their parents, but unlike other sexually transmitted infections, minors who test positive for HIV need a pare

Conversion therapy has been banned in California, Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon. (Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Governor Cuomo on Saturday broke new ground by announcing regulations to effectively ban so-called "conversion therapy" in New York State. The move makes New York the first state in the country to use regulations to end practices that claim to be able to change a person's sexual orientati

Andrew Cuomo is the first governor in the country to issue statewide regulations banning discrimination based on gender identity.  Credit: Pat Arnow/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has moved to ban harassment and discrimination against transgender people in New York. The governor announced his executive action at a dinner hosted by Empire State Pride Agenda, or ESPA, late last week. Among other things, the state's Human Rights Law bans di

Rising numbers of new syphilis cases across New York has led to speculation about the causes for the outbreak. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syphilis cases are on the rise in New York, with a 160 percent increase between 2010 and 2014, according to state health officials. Some regions are seeing more new cases than others, including central New York, with a 111 percent uptick between 2012 and 2013. K. Daniel Reed

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