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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2018 


The Senate votes to withdraw funding for the Saudi war in Yemen. Also on the Friday rundown: the Global Climate Conference reinforces the need for grassroots movements; and could this be the most wasteful time of year?

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Public News Service - PA: Civil Rights

Pennsylvania prisoners have been advised not to use mail to communicate with their attorneys.(diegoattorney/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Photocopying mail from attorneys to incarcerated clients violates the First Amendment, according to two lawsuits filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The policy was instituted as part of a crackdown on visitation and mail sent to prisoners. All mail,

The County of Lackawanna Transit System refused an ad with the word

PHILADELPHIA – The ACLU is appealing a court ruling that allows a county transit system to ban ads from an atheist group. The County of Lackawanna Transit System refused to allow the Northeast Pennsylvania Freethought Society to place ads on its vehicles that contained the word "atheist" and t

Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief detailing discrimination against LGBT people, same-sex couples and their families.  (MarkThomas/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Civil rights advocates fear the Supreme Court's ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case will encourage more attempted discrimination against LGBT people. By a 7-2 margin, the court ruled that the cake shop owner had not received an impartial hearing at the Colorado Civil Righ

More than a million commuters ride SEPTA trains and buses daily. (Buswizard [Public domain]/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA – Banning ads about controversial issues is a violation of free-speech rights – that's the claim of a lawsuit filed against the nation's sixth-largest public transit system. The Center for Investigative Reporting has compiled data showing racial disparities in home mortgag

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled congressional districts had been drawn to favor one party. (Ruhrfisch CC BY-SA 4.0/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – By a wide margin, Pennsylvanians say they want their congressional district maps drawn by an independent commission rather than state legislators. A recent poll found that 68 percent of voters in the Keystone State favor a nonpartisan process to draw fair maps that will end

Pennsylvania's 2011 congressional district map was considered one of the most gerrymandered in the country. (U.S. Department of the Interior)

PHILADELPHIA – State and national Republican Party leaders say they will be in federal court as early as Wednesday to challenge the congressional district map released by the state Supreme Court on Monday. Last month, the court found the 2011 district map was drawn to unconstitutionally favo

The court ordered that new congressional district lines be set by Feb. 19. (61-1099lm/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Election law advocates say the state Supreme Court's ruling declaring Pennsylvania's congressional map unconstitutional was the first of its kind in the nation. On Monday, the court said the map created by Republicans in 2011 was drawn to discriminate against Democrats. W

Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District is considered an extreme example of gerrymandering. (U.S. Department of the Interior/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state's highest court Wednesday heard arguments in a case that could redraw congressional districts in Pennsylvania. Eighteen Democratic voters, one from each of the state's congressional districts, argued that the gerrymandering of their districts has been so extreme i

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