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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department argues the Civil Rights Act doesn’t cover sexual orientation. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

NEW YORK – The U.S. Justice Department says federal civil rights law doesn't protect lesbians and gay men from workplace discrimination. In 2010, Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor working on Long Island, was fired after revealing he was gay. He sued, charging a violation of Title VII of t

NARAL has been advocating for state laws to protect contraceptive coverage. (Pattymooney/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK -- Reproductive-rights advocates say a leaked Trump administration draft regulation threatens birth control insurance coverage for millions of women. Dated May 23, the "interim final rule" was circulated to several government agencies for comment. If put into effect as written, the rule w

National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers document rights violations at protests. (Thomas Altfather Good/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

NEW YORK – With May Day demonstrations taking place in cities across the country Monday, the National Lawyers Guild is fielding on-the-ground legal support in case of arrests. Organizers are calling it a national day of protest against Trump administration policies on everything from the env

Almost 80 percent of New York City subway stations are not wheelchair accessible. (Jim Henderson/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority systematically excludes people with disabilities, according to a claim in two class-action lawsuits filed Tuesday. A coalition of disability-rights groups filed the lawsuits in state and federal court. They allege that the MTA's failu

In 2016, students in New York City public schools experienced 1,263 arrests. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Juvenile-justice advocates say New York City is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on a punitive approach to school discipline that is ineffective and harms students. According to a new report by the Center for Popular Democracy and the Urban Youth Collaborative, last year m

People ordered to empty their pockets often then are arrested for having marijuana in public view. (houstondwiPhotos mp/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A bill to seal the criminal records of New Yorkers arrested for marijuana possession has cleared the state Assembly. Personal possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized in New York 40 years ago, but a loophole in the law allowing arrest for possession "in public vi

Thirty-one states have low or negative ratings for protection of transgender rights. (PROtorbakhopper/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Despite advances in recognizing and protecting the rights of LGBT Americans, a new report finds that transgender people face serious risks in most states. The report looks at laws and policies in every state and Washington, D.C., affecting LGBT people in five areas, including disc

For undocumented drivers, a simple traffic stop could lead to deportation. (dwightsghost/flickr.com)

NEW YORK — Issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants would expand opportunities, bring in revenue and increase public safety, according to a pair of new reports. The reports, from the Fiscal Policy Institute and the New York City Comptroller, said that about 265,000 undocumented i

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