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PNS Daily Newscast - July 28, 2017 


The stories on our rundown today: The stories on our rundown today: Senate efforts to reform health-care stand on the brink of collapse; the U.S. Justice Department says civil-rights law doesn’t protect gay and lesbian workers; and farms adapt to the high cost of doing business.

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Attorneys are busy preparing a lawsuit that would require the State Illinois to ensure better medical care for people in prison. (ACLU)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Advocates for the nearly 50,000 people incarcerated in Illinois say they won't give up the fight to ensure those people receive good medical and dental care. A federal judge recently ruled that long standing problems must be addressed by improving the entire prison health

Attorneys flocked to airports in Illinois and around the country to help those impacted by a travel ban issued by President Trump. (icirr.org)

CHICAGO — Immigrant rights groups are stepping forward to help those affected by President Trump's executive order barring entrance into the U.S. by refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Lawrence Benito, CEO and executive director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigration and R

The 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline route begins in North Dakota and ends up in Illinois. (epa.gov)

DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. – Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline continued over the holiday weekend, and hundreds have been arrested, but environmental advocates in Illinois are urging a show of support. The 1,200-mile pipeline would carry oil across four states to a shipping point in Marion

Advocates for women's rights say now is the time to mobilize at the grassroots level. (whitehouse.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Hillary Clinton lost in her bid to become the first female president of the United States, something advocates say would have advanced women's rights regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. Marilyn Katz, founder of Chicago Women Take Action, says now that D

Magdalena Zylinska, right, speaks in support of the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights during a rally in Springfield. (Arise Chicago)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Advocates for the rights of domestic workers are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign legislation they're calling "historic." The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights would officially make domestic work a recognized vocation in the state, extending workplace protections to the s

Immigration rights advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's tie decision on President Obama's immigration policies could hurt thousands of Illinois families. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Immigration-rights advocates in Illinois are blasting Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that could doom President Obama's expanded immigration policies. In a 4-4 tie vote, the justices allowed a lower court decision to stand that prevents the president from shielding about

On the 50th anniversary of the Miranda warnings decision, legal scholars say Illinois is slowly making improvements to how young people's rights are being protected by the juvenile justice system. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Today marks 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court made Miranda warnings mandatory, and legal experts say Illinois is taking small but positive steps in bolstering those rights for young people accused of crimes. The Miranda ruling states every person must be informed of h

The federal government's plan to add 1,900 new isolation cells at the Thomson Correctional Center is being opposed by some Illinois activists. (Federal Bureau of Prisons)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois activists is taking a 150-mile walk to protest new solitary-confinement cells planned for one of the newest federal prisons in the state. The Federal Bureau of Prisons plans to add 1,900 isolation cells to the Thomson Correctional Center. About a dozen member

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