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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Public News Service - MI: Civil Rights

Trump's plan to ban transgender troops is drawing criticism and outrage. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – He pledged to defend their rights, but President Trump now says transgender individuals can't defend their country, which activists say could set off a ripple effect of discrimination. Stephanie White is executive director of the advocacy group Equality Michigan and also ser

Men who are improperly named the father of a child can face financial and legal challenges. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – While some Michigan men enjoyed their Father's Day with family, for others it was a cruel reminder of the injustice they face. In Michigan and some other states, it is easy to become the named father of another man's child. And that can mean expensive financial challenges an

Poverty and bias are widespread in the transgender community, according to new data. (TransAmerica/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. -- Poverty, discrimination, unemployment and psychological stress - those are just some of the hallmarks of the transgender experience in Michigan, according to a study out this week - the largest study of its kind. The National Center for Transgender Equality surveyed nearly 28,000

Many immigrants in Michigan are confused and fearful in the wake of President Trump's order. (Welcoming Michigan)

DETROIT -- With one of the largest populations of Middle Eastern immigrants in the nation, Michigan is feeling the ripple effects of President Trump's recent executive orders. Christine Sauve is the senior program coordinator at the Welcoming Michigan project at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Cente

Some groups contends Michigan communities of color have not enjoyed the same degree of environmental protections provided to other communities. (Connor Coyne/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michigan agencies are being called out for what some claim are environmental injustices against communities of color. Several groups are asking federal officials for a probe into whether the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Health and

Michigan's Elliot Larson Non-Discrimination Act and the state's hate-crimes law do not include LGBTQ individuals and need to be expanded. (Jim Toy Community Center)

LANSING, Mich. - It's been two weeks since the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., but the tragedy likely will never be forgotten by those in Michigan's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Activist Jim Toy, founder of the Spectrum Center, and a member of the National Association of Soci

Opponents argue that transgender bathroom bills are an attempt to control a minority population. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Supporters of LGBT equality say it's time to stop gender identity-based discrimination in Michigan and around the country. North Carolina's new law banning people from using public restrooms that don't correspond to their birth gender is now the subject federal litigation, but has

At the state Capitol, environmental groups will demonstrate what they say is the hazardous state of energy production in Michigan. (Brian Charles Watson/Wikimedia)

LANSING, Mich. – Activists donning hazmat suits and respirators will take to the steps of Michigan's Capitol today to show their outrage over Gov. Rick Snyder's stance on the Clean Power Plan. After initially showing strong support for the regulations to reduce carbon pollution, the governor

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