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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - UT: LGBTQIA Issues

The Human Rights Campaign says policies that promote inclusive school atmospheres are key to protecting LGBTQ teens' well-being. (jglsongs/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY — A new survey shows high rates of depression and anxiety among LGBTQ teens nationwide. Advocates say lawmakers could do more to ensure kids aren't bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Human Rights Campaign surveyed 12,000 kids age 13-17 who ident

Suicide rates among youths in Utah have tripled since 2007, and LGBTQ people are especially at risk. (Pixabay)

OREM, Utah – Hundreds of young people from across the state are expected to descend upon Utah Valley University this weekend for "Ignite," Utah's first LGBT summit. Stephenie Larsen, executive director of the group, Encircle, notes it can be challenging for high school kids living in a conse

A family is part of a recent Gay Pride parade. A Utah legislator wants to give heterosexual families preference over gays in adopting children in the state. (Wikimedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah gay-rights group is fighting with a conservative state representative over proposed legislation that would give heterosexual couples preference in adoptions. State Rep. Kraig Powell, a Republican from Heber City, is pushing the measure despite last year's Supreme Court deci

Utah is launching a new program to better children's lives called Evidence2Success. Courtesy: Annie E. Casey Foundation

SALT LAKE CITY - Kearns Township in Salt Lake County is gearing up to launch a new program called Evidence2Success that takes a hard look at what's going on in kids' lives, then focuses attention on the solutions that show the most promise. The program uses data from the state SHARP survey which

Critics are calling for the impeachment of a controversial Utah judge. Credit: Serggn/iStockphoto.com.

SALT LAKE CITY – A movement is gaining steam to oust a Utah judge who sparked a national controversy when he ordered an infant to be removed from her foster parents' home last week – because the foster parents are lesbians. Judge Scott Johansen has since reversed his decision, but the g

PHOTO: Efforts to pass laws in Utah and around the nation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination are getting support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo credit: California Office of Historic Preservation.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is publicly supporting legislation at all levels of government that would provide protections in housing, employment and other areas for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Among the LDS church leaders who spoke at a new

PHOTO: Almost half of Utahns support same-sex marriage being legalized in the state, according a new survey. Photo courtesy of Freedom To Marry.

SALT LAKE CITY - Forty-nine percent of people in Utah support same-sex marriage being legalized in the state, according to a new poll. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said the bipartisan poll also found that 67 percent of Utahns want the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the issue of same-

PHOTO: The legal battle over December's federal court ruling that ended Utah's same-sex marriage ban is expected to continue well into the new year. Image courtesy CDC.

SALT LAKE CITY – The legal battle over the federal court ruling last month that ended Utah's same-sex marriage ban is expected to continue well into the new year. State Attorney General Sean Reyes is expected to seek a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, and there are reports the state may spe

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