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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2018 


The Trump administration pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Also on the Wednesday rundown: State AGs push back on the Trump border policy; and we look at the link between zinc and fertility.

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Public News Service - WA: Civil Rights

The U.S. government has moved more than 1,400 detainees at the border to federal prisons, including the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac. (SoundersBruce/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATAC, Wash. – Pressures are mounting under new Trump administration policies that separate immigrant families. More than 200 people seeking asylum are being held in a federal prison in SeaTac, many of whom are mothers taken away from their children at the border. And a new Department of

A fellowship program hopes to make the law profession more diverse. (Scott/Red Fish Blue Fish Photography)

SEATTLE – A fellowship is helping law students to explore their interest in social justice issues. The Washington State Association for Justice fellowship is focused on plaintiff law, including civil rights issues, consumer law and workers' compensation. It's a change of pace for many law

Washington state anti-discrimination laws remain intact despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to side with a Colorado bakery owner this week for refusing to serve a same-sex couple. (Davis Staedtler/Flickr)

SEATTLE - After siding with a Colorado bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple this week, the U.S. Supreme Court will look at a petition for a similar case from Washington state on Thursday. Although the court ruled 7-2 in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the decision was narrowly fo

The Washington state Supreme Court has implemented a new rule that could reduce racial bias in the jury-selection process. (Jason Rosenberg/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington is set to become the first state to tackle racial bias in the jury-selection process. The new rule, which goes into effect at the end of April, bars attorneys from excluding someone not only for intentional racial bias but also "implicit, institutional and unconscious" b

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case on the DACA program, giving Congress more time to find a solution. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration's request to bypass a lower court and hear a case on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The decision gives a reprieve to more than 700,000 recipients of DACA, including 19,000 in Washington state w

President Donald Trump and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee are taking different approaches on drug policy. (Chip Somodevilla/GettyImages)

SEATTLE – The Trump administration is proposing harsher penalties for drug offenses, even as states such as Washington look for other solutions. According to a report from the news outlet Axios, President Donald Trump has praised countries like the Philippines and Singapore, where drug traf

Public-employee unions in Washington state could take a financial hit if the U.S. Supreme Court sides with an Illinois worker in his case against AFSCME. (WFSE)

SEATTLE – Public employee union members in Washington state will be closely watching the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME on Monday. Greg Devereux, executive director of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), says if justices side with Illinois worker Mark Janus, it woul

Groups like Chaplain on the Harbor will be in Renton on Saturday recruiting for this year's Poor People's Campaign. (Poor People's Campaign)

RENTON, Wash. – In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launched the Poor People's Campaign. A half-century later, the campaign is still going – and this week, its organizers held events at state capitols calling for a "moral revival" across the country. On Saturday, groups including Chap

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