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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2019 


G-7 meeting may move to Camp David; conservation groups sound alarm about acting BLM chief; NC suit aims to change solitary confinement policy there; questions about Amazon Ring coordination with police; and microbes might help in earthquakes.

2020Talks - October 21, 2019 


2016 candidate Hillary Clinton says Russia is "grooming" Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for a third-party run. And Sen. Bernie Sanders has biggest Democratic campaign event this season so far.

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Public News Service - PA: Civil Rights

Local police are not authorized to arrest people for civil immigration violations. (wademcmillan/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH - Police in northern Allegheny County will pay $175,000 for holding a naturalized U.S. citizen in jail overnight at the request of federal immigration authorities. Angelica Davila, who immigrated to the United States when she was 2, was detained during a minor traffic stop in 2011. Despi

An appeals court decision says excluding transgender students from facilities other students use would increase stigma and discrimination. (dbvirago/Adobe Stock)

WASHINGTON - A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is being hailed as a victory for transgender students in Pennsylvania and nationwide. The nation's highest court on Tuesday said it won't hear the appeal of a case that upheld the Boyertown Area School District's policy of allowing transgender stude

At the Philadelphia International Airport, many immigrants work as airport cleaners, wheelchair assistants and baggage handlers. (Björn Wylezich/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania's population growth rate is one of the slowest in the country, but a bill now in Congress could help many immigrants come out of the shadows. In May, Congress is expected to vote on H.R. 6, the "American Dream and Promise Act." That bill could help hundreds of tho

With a high out-of-home placement rate, Philadelphia needs more qualified foster parents. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA - Religious beliefs don't give government contractors a license to discriminate, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court. Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia had claimed it has a constitutional right to use religious criteria to turn away qualified same-sex couples who wa

In 2013, African-American students made up 15 percent of all students in Pennsylvania, but 35 percent of those in AEDY programs. (ludi/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A settlement between the U.S. Justice Department and Pennsylvania's Department of Education will mean significant changes in the state's disciplinary education programs. The Education Law Center filed a complaint in 2013 about what it alleged were discriminatory practices a

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Civil liberties advocates fear a new immigration enforcement policy adopted by Pennsylvania State Police will enable practices shown to be damaging to families. A coalition of organizations says the new policy takes a few steps in the right direction. It forbids state polic

Policies that affirm students' gender identity help LGBTQ students succeed in school. (SharonMcCutcheon/pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA — Standing with transgender and gender nonconforming students is the right thing to do. That's the message some education advocates want school administrators to hear. The Education Law Center has sent an open letter to the Eastern Lancaster County School District supporting its

Alex Parker was questioned and detained by the judge when he and his fiancée went to court to get married. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania judge who detained a Guatemalan immigrant on his wedding day now faces a federal lawsuit. Alex Parker, a lawful permanent resident, and his then-fiancée, a U.S. citizen, went to court in Cumberland County in 2017 to get married. But despite being prese

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