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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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Members of Washington's congressional delegation are calling for an investigation of the Northwest Detention Center after an asylum seeker's death. (Seattle Globalist/Flickr)

TACOMA, Wash. — The death of an asylum seeker in custody at the Northwest Detention Center has ignited concerns about immigrant-detention facilities across the nation. Russian asylum seeker Mergensana Amar died last week at a hospital in Tacoma, where he had been on life support after a suic

CAIR offers bystander intervention training to help people deescalate harassment of people of color in public. (CAIR-Washington)

SEATTLE — Reports of hate crimes rose across the nation in 2017, and grew at an even faster pace in Washington state. Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show the number of hate crime incidents rose by 17 percent nationally over 2016 numbers, and by 32 percent in the Evergree

Families of Bellingham men detained in an August ICE raid are getting support from the organization Raid Relief to Reunite Families. (RRRF)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – After an immigration raid in August that resulted in the detention of Bellingham construction workers, the community is stepping up to help affected families. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents picked up 16 employees of Granite Precast at home or on their way

About 90 percent of people of European descent can expect to have a third cousin on the genealogical DNA website GEDMatch, according to one geneticist. (Libertas Academica/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The use of online genetic databases has helped to crack cold murder cases recently, including two decades-old murders in Washington state. But this technique also is raising ethical questions. The publicly available genealogy site GEDMatch was most notably used to catch the Golde

Civil rights groups say only 2 percent of applicants for waivers under the travel ban have received them. (malisunshine/Twenty20)

SEATTLE – Civil rights groups are mounting another challenge to the Trump administration's travel ban with a lawsuit alleging the waiver process in the ban is a "sham" that is keeping families apart. Groups, including two based in Washington state, and plaintiffs from all of the Muslim-major

President Donald Trump has promised to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy with a Supreme Court pick who will overturn Roe v. Wade. (trac1/Twenty20)

SEATTLE — Supporters of women's rights say developments at the U.S. Supreme Court are putting the future of reproductive rights in peril. Last week, the court ruled in a 5-4 decision that so-called crisis pregnancy centers run by anti-abortion groups cannot be compelled by states to post inf

In her dissent, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor compared the travel ban to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. (Masha George/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration's travel ban from five majority-Muslim countries on Tuesday. In the 5-4 vote, the supporting justices said the ban was within the president's authority to make national security decisions, and did not find his inflammatory state

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

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