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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2017 


Here's what we're following on today's rundown: a federal appeals court will not reinstate Trump’s revised travel ban; a shake up at the USDA could hurt rural America; and the body slamming of a reporter in Montana may be part of a bigger pattern of hostility toward journalists.

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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 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

It's being called a novel approach - a legislative caucus says it relied on listening sessions with hundreds of community members to figure out which bills they should support. (MA Black and Latino Caucus)

BOSTON -- A new legislative agenda ties neighborhood concerns to bills pending at the State House. State Rep. Russell Holmes, D-Dorchester, called it a first. Holmes, the chair of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus, said the new legislative agenda is unique because it is the result of liste

While organizers are allowing the LGBTQ group OutVets march in next week's famous St. Patrick's Day Parade, another group still is prohibited from joining the walk. (Veterans For Peace)

BOSTON – It was front-page news this weekend when a gay veterans group was given permission to march in the Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade – although another group of veterans still is prohibited from joining the walk. With just days to go until Boston is bathed in green, Pat Scanlon a

Supporters of the transgender community will rally this weekend in Boston ahead of the presidential inauguration to show support for gains made by the LGBTQ community. (Jane Doe, Inc.)

BOSTON – With just one week to go before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, members of the LGBTQ community will be out in force this weekend in Boston for what organizers call the Trans and Queer Liberation Rally. Michelle Tat, an executive committee member with the Massachusetts Tra

Data from a new report indicates people in Massachusetts' poorest communities are far more likely to be on probation and paying monthly probation fees. (Prison Policy Initiative)

EAST HAMPTON, Mass. – A new report says the fees that Massachusetts charges to people on probation are falling disproportionately on those who live in the poorest communities. Wendy Sawyer, who authored the report for the Prison Policy Initiative, says advocates had long suspected those bein

Members of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Interfaith Alliance at the Springfield court where a local pastor is charged with crimes against humanity directed at LGBTQ people in Uganda. (Center for Constitutional Rights)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- It's a first-of-its-kind case that has been in federal court for several years. At issue is whether a Springfield pastor can be held responsible for actions that restricted the legal rights of gay people in Uganda. The case against pastor Scott Lively was filed in 2012 by the

The ACLU will be in court this morning, asking a judge for emergency relief so that three Bay State residents can vote Tuesday. (Mass.Gov)

BOSTON -- A court will decide Monday whether three Bay Staters will get to cast a ballot on Election Day. It's part of a bigger challenge to the Commonwealth's 20-day voter registration cutoff law. Legislative counsel Gavie Wolfe with the ACLU of Massachusetts said the courts take voting rights ver

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