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PNS Daily News - Monday, March 27, 2017 


Hundreds detained in Russian corruption protests; with the ACA repeal quashed, physicians promote Medicare for all; and the solitary confinement of juveniles in Tennessee blocked by a federal judge. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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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

Vetting of refugees involves three government agencies and takes 18 to 24 months. (U.S. Dept. of State)

NEW YORK – Groups that work to resettle refugees in the United States say the executive order signed by President Trump leaves thousands of refugees in limbo. The order, signed late Friday afternoon, halts the resettlement of all refugees in the United States for 120 days and those from Syria

Brenda Berkman, one of the first women firefighters in New York City, joined the FDNY in 1982. (Brenda Berkman)

NEW YORK – Pioneering women firefighters will be among the tens of thousands of women and men participating in the Women's March on Washington this Saturday. In the late 1970s, Brenda Berkman filed a sex discrimination suit against the New York City Fire Department and went on to serve 25 ye

Many churches, schools and hospitals offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. (United Methodist News Service/flickr.com)

NEW YORK – A new report offers guidance to state and local jurisdictions and institutions that want to protect immigrants threatened with deportation. About 400 counties, cities and states around the country, as well as churches, schools and hospitals, already have taken steps to create sanct

From 2003 to 2013, assets of charitable foundations grew by $321 billion. (Nat'l. Committee for Responsive Philanthropy)

NEW YORK – Foundations receiving tax-deductible contributions are booming, but a new report says little of the new money pouring in makes its way to those working on social justice issues. The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) report says between 2003 and 2013, which incl

Moms United believes the war on drugs, attacks on immigrants and on the poor all are interconnected. (A New PATH)

NEW YORK - As 2016 draws to a close, one organization has issued a set of New Year's resolutions calling on mothers everywhere to preserve advances in human rights. Moms United to End the War on Drugs was founded seven years ago to fight policies the group says destroy families and promote mass inc

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