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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - MA: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Transgender people in Massachusetts say now is the time to double-down on state LGBTQ protections, as the Trump administration is moving to repeal them at the federal level. (Freedom For All Americans).

BOSTON -- The Trump administration has been wasting no time when it comes to rolling back protections for the gay community, and Bay State advocates say that is especially true for transgender people. The good news is that there are significant protections in place for gay people in Massachusetts,

People from across the Bay State will mark the International Day of Peace on Sunday on Boston Common  with music, poetry dance and spoken presentations from local peacemakers. (International Day of Peace Boston)

BOSTON - Once again this year, local peace activists and faith groups will be on Boston Common to commemorate the International Day of Peace. This year a major focus is on local youth alternatives to gangs. Ian Harrington, co-chair for International Day of Peace Boston, said the event will include

If you travel with a laptop or mobile device, a lawsuit filed in Boston could impact you. (CBP).

BOSTON – Eleven travelers whose laptops and mobile devices were searched at the U.S. border are suing the Department of Homeland Security in a case filed in federal court in Boston on Wednesday. At issue is border agents' practice of searching devices without a warrant. Diane Maye is a forme

A resolution is pending in Boston that urges the Trump administration to extend protections to immigrants who are fleeing danger in their home country. (K. Fienman).

BOSTON – A measure is pending before the Boston City Council to urge the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status. TPS is a humanitarian program intended to provide safe haven in the U.S. for people fleeing dangers such as natural disasters, wars and gangs. So far, the adminis

About 500 people rallied in front of North Hampton City Hall on Sunday night, against white nationalists and the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va. (Jobs With Justice)

NORTH HAMPTON, Mass. — From Trump Tower in New York to North Hampton City Hall, rallies were held Sunday night in response to the violence connected to a "Take America Back" march by white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, Va. Eric Bauer, an organizer with Massachusetts Jobs for Justice

Former state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan has served her sentence for falsifying drug evidence, resulting in dismissal of nearly 24,000 cases. (Pinterest/Truth Kings)

BOSTON – It was big news when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court last week dismissed more than 20,000 drug cases due to misconduct by a former chemist at the state crime lab, but local legal advocates warn the collateral damage will continue. Rahsaan Hall, racial justice director for A

A national model program, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is being credited for a major drop in the number of young people being held in secure detention in Massachusetts. (Department of Youth Services)

BOSTON — The number of Bay State kids being held in secure detention while awaiting court dates has dropped by more than 50 percent over eight years, and local advocates credit a national initiative aimed at diverting young people from incarceration. According to Lynsey Heffernan, state coor

A legal case pending in Massachusetts could set a nationwide precedent for sanctuary cities, even as they are threatened with funding cuts by the Trump administration. (Alex Shure/ACLU Mass.)

BOSTON – Amherst, Cambridge and Northampton are among the Massachusetts cities now under threat of losing federal funding for grants and programs because of their sanctuary city stance. This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the threat to divert billions of dollars away from s

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