PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: we will take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have gun; and “ghost” fishing gear killing whales and seals on the West Coast.

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Public News Service - AZ: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Latino groups gathered Tuesday evening in Phoenix to watch the State of the Union address. (Promise Arizona)

PHOENIX – Progressive groups in Arizona are giving President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night mostly negative reviews, saying they like the points he made about prison reform and lowering drug prices, but were deeply disappointed in his approach to other big issues, incl

A video still from January 2017 shows a Border Patrol agent removing a blanket left for migrants. (No More Deaths)

TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents have been caught on video dumping out water and confiscating blankets left in the desert by aid workers, according to a report just out from the humanitarian group No More Deaths. The group put out almost 32,000 gallons of water from 2012 through 2015 and

Immigrant-rights advocates pleaded for a deal on DACA at a recent protest. (Promize Arizona)

PHOENIX -- Leaders in Arizona's immigrant-rights community are launching an all-out campaign to get lawmakers to pass the Dream Act as part of the federal budget, which has to be approved by Friday. The group Promise Arizona held a five-hour "souls to the phones" event on Sunday, and plans another

The National Immigrant Integration Conference in Phoenix this week will tackle issues like DACA, TPS, and President Trump's travel ban. (Phil Soto)

PHOENIX -- More than 1,000 people are attending the nation's largest conference on immigrant integration, today and tomorrow at the Phoenix Convention Center. The event is designed to bring grassroots organizers together from across the county to fight the anti-immigrant policies of the Trump admi

Critics say recent administration policy changes undermine transparency in pay rates and good faith in financial advising.(cohdra/morguefile)

PHOENIX -- Just a few days before Labor Day, the Trump administration has announced two policies that consumer advocates say hurt the average worker and favor Wall Street and big business. On Wednesday, the Labor Department announced it is delaying by 18 months enforcement of key parts of the Obam

President Donald Trump is moving forward with a Phoenix rally on Tues., despite a request to delay it from the city's mayor. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX - Civil rights and immigrants' rights groups are planning a giant protest Tuesday outside the Phoenix Convention Center where President Donald Trump is set to hold a campaign-style rally at 6 p.m. Organizers are expecting thousands to protest a possible pardon of former Maricopa County S

Hundreds of bodies are found in the desert near the U.S.-Mexico border every year. (Jonathan McIntosh/Flickr)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- This week, a group from Tucson's Colibri Center for Human Rights is traveling to New York and New Jersey to take cheek-swab DNA samples from families who have missing loved ones last seen at the U.S.-Mexico border. The DNA results will be compared with the unidentified remains of

Advocates for legal immigration point out that they pay the same taxes as the native born and make a significant contribution to the economy. (Pixabay)

PHOENIX -- President Trump announced his support Wednesday for a bill whose goal is to cut legal immigration in half and make it harder for citizens and legal residents to bring relatives to the U.S. The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE Act, would favor legal immi

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