PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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ICE officials have carried out enforcement actions in at least 24 Massachusetts courthouses. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

BOSTON – Civil-rights groups are asking the Commonwealth's highest court to stop federal immigration officials from arresting people at courthouses. Public records show that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have acted in at least two dozen state courthouses around Massachusetts.

Advocates for LGBT people fear a proposal to create a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division at the Dept. of Health and Human Services would mean more discrimination. (gagnonm1993/Pixabay)

BOSTON — LGBT Americans face a patchwork of civil rights protections from state-to-state, and their advocates say a potential new government office could increase discrimination. On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services released details of a proposed rule for a new division in

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,

Some in Massachusetts are protesting the potential effects of $5.5 trillion in tax cuts proposed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. (C. Harrison)

BOSTON – Boston kicked off this weekend with protests of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's budget resolution. It calls for $5.5 trillion in tax cuts and is expected to reach the House floor by early October. Among those speaking out in opposition to the Ryan plan is Michael Kane, executive di

It was no holiday for Boston fast-food workers, many of whom walked off their jobs to show their support for higher wages and union protections. (SEIU)

BOSTON – While many of us had a day off on Labor Day, fast-food workers in Boston were among those in 300 cities who walked off their jobs in a call for better wages and the right to join a union. The Boston action started at 6 A.M. at a fast-food franchise on Tremont Avenue. Among the worke

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

A trial began Wednesday in a case that challenges the state's requirement that voter registration be cut off 20 days prior to an election. (J. Slobotnik/Flckr)

BOSTON – The Fourth of July celebration is over, but the legal fireworks are just getting started in a trial that got underway Wednesday focusing on a key concern of the founding fathers – the right to vote. Jessie Rossman, one of the lawyers handling the case for the American Civil Li

Expect Boston Common to be crowded on Saturday as students, educators and union members lead a rally calling for full funding of public education. (MassTeachers)

BOSTON – Students, parents, educators and community and union members will converge on Boston Common Saturday to demand full investment in public education. A driving force behind the rally is the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, which is calling on the state to invest $2 billion in

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