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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 - MD: Human Rights/Racial Justice

There is a call for schools to create policies on gender identity. (cdc.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A report on transgender student policies in American schools by a conservative think tank is being taken to task by experts. The report from the Heritage Foundation, called "Gender Identity Policies in Schools: What Congress, the Courts and Trump Administration Should Do," came o

The United Nations has declared access to water a human right. Credit: Public Domain/commons.wikimedia.org

BALTIMORE - A hearing by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is examining the lack of access to safe and affordable water in many poor communities in the United States, including Baltimore. In several U.S. cities, residents of low-income neighborhoods have had their water shut off because

American Friends Service Committee has been on the ground in Baltimore and is calling for police to scale back their presence in promote safety. Credit: Dorret/flickr.com.

BALTIMORE - Tensions still are running high because of the Freddie Gray death. Dominique Stevenson, director of the American Friends Service Committee "Friend of a Friend" program, has been in the area since last week, and offered perspective on what happened Monday that led to clashes between poli

PHOTO: LGBT activist and blogger Lauren McNamara, who testified in the trial of Bradley Manning, reacts to the verdict against him. Photo credit: www.zinniajones.com

FORT MEADE, Md. - The defense witness who testified that Bradley Manning was a soldier who wanted to save American lives when he went to Iraq says she's relieved he's been acquitted of the most serious charge against him - aiding the enemy. Lauren McNamara, a blogger and activist for lesbian, gay,

PHOTO: Michael Perry and Russell Green are former inmates, now they work as mentors with the Friend of a Friend program. Photo Credit: AFSC/Bryan Vana

BALTIMORE – It's about turning lives full of chaos and violence into lives of hope and peace. The American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization, is trying to expand its Friend of a Friend mentorship program into more Maryland prisons, pairing inmates with men who can serve as rol

Graphic: The ACLU finds African Americans in Maryland are three times as likely as white people to be arrested for marijuana possession.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland is fourth in the nation when it comes to marijuana arrests. And a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union also shows that African Americans are almost three times as likely as white people to be arrested for possession in the state. Study author Ezekiel

Photo: Navy veteran Brian Lewis, of Baltimore, wants the President to issue an executive order to help military sexual assault victims. Photo credit: Protect Our Defenders

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - President Obama is under new pressure to deal with military sexual assaults after a new report shows the number of incidents increased by more than a third in the last year. Navy veteran Brian Lewis, of Baltimore, who recently testified before a U.S. Senate committee about being rap

PHOTO: Dr. Dana Beyer, executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland, says workplace discrimination is still a reality in Maryland. Courtesy of Dr. Beyer.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - There have been major victories for sexual-orientation equality in recent years, including the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military, and the passage of same-sex marriage laws in Maryland and other states. However, there are few federal protections against dis

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