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PNS Daily Newscast - November 23, 2017 


In focus on our Thanksgiving Day rundown; U.S. cities take steps to manage transition away from fossil fuel; Hoosier hunters help feed the hungry; social media use now linked to teen suicide; and some pre-Black-Friday tips on avoiding holiday scams.

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Public News Service - IA: Civil Rights

Discrimination may no longer be seen at drinking fountains, but a Des Moines School Board member says it's prevalent in education, health care and the justice system. (WikiImages/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – President Donald Trump's comments in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., are leading some people to see what many minorities have seen all along, according to a cultural competence expert in Iowa. Trump is being criticized for blaming racial violence in Virgi

As a Fairfield school board member, Phil Miller voted to allow transgender students to use restrooms based on their gender identity. (martyspittle/Pixabay)

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – In the wake of a special election punctuated by attack ads about transgender bathroom access, the winner is reflecting on what voters really seemed to care about. Fairfield veterinarian Phil Miller, a Democrat, faced criticism in the election from Republican Travis Harris f

About 50,000 Iowans are not allowed to cast a ballot due to a felony offense. (Pixabay)<br />

DES MOINES, Iowa – Nearly a year after a legal defeat, voting-rights advocates are continuing their fight to end Iowa's lifetime voting ban for felons. In Iowa, along with Kentucky and Florida, people with felony convictions are constitutionally prohibited from voting, but can appeal to the

Enforcing the law, or painting Iowa as a racist state? There are two distinct views of House File 265 in the Iowa Legislature. (Iowa CCI Acton Fund)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Opponents of a bill under consideration at the Iowa Statehouse say it would "grease the wheels" for President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigrants. House File 265 would essentially bar state and local governments, along with public universities, from enacting policies tha

Over 1,200 law professors say as U.S. Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., would not promote justice and equality. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hundreds of legal scholars from almost every state, including Iowa, are objecting to the president-elect's choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., for U.S. Attorney General. More than 1,200 law professors, including Paul Gowder, an associate professor of law at the University of

States pay on average about $90,000 a year for every youth in a juvenile facility. (Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Children should not be kept behind bars, according to a new report that examines the ineffectiveness of youth prisons in Iowa and other states. The research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation pulls together evidence of the failings of youth correctional facilities and reco

Simon Estes of Iowa was the first black man to perform in opera houses all over the world. <br />(DMACC)

DES MOINES, Iowa – With racial tensions high in parts of the country, an African-American Iowan who triumphed through adversity is receiving special recognition. Simon Estes, a world-renowned opera singer, grew up in Centerville. Over the weekend, he was honored at the grand opening of the S

PHOTO: This Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and supporters across Iowa are celebrating the progress made since it became law. Photo credit: Michael Hooper/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - The landmark civil rights law ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 24th anniversary this Saturday. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination in areas including employment, public accommodations, transportation and government se

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