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PNS Daily Newscast - November 23, 2017 


In focus on our Thanksgiving Day rundown; U.S. cities take steps to manage transition away from fossil fuel; Hoosier hunters help feed the hungry; social media use now linked to teen suicide; and some pre-Black-Friday tips on avoiding holiday scams.

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Public News Service - PA: Civil Rights

If successful, the lawsuit could change voting district lines before the 2018 election. (Tom Prete/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could result in a new election district map in the Keystone State. Experts say Pennsylvania has one of the most gerrymandered congressional and legislative district maps in the country. Although voters are pretty evenly divided bet

In 2015 Williams was raped multiple times by an inmate in Allegheny County Jail. (TheZachMorrisExperience/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County is being sued by a transgender woman who was sexually and verbally abused while in the county jail. Jules Williams has lived as a woman for years and her gender identity is affirmed by her state-issued identification and birth certificate. But according to Sar

Schools can't discipline students for posting to social media from off campus on their own time. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Schools can't punish students for swearing when they're off campus - that's the message of a federal court to a Pennsylvania high school. The student, who is a minor, is only referred to by her initials, B.L. She was dropped from her school's junior varsity cheerleading s

PHILADELPHIA – Responding to ICE raids that targeted sanctuary cities, immigrants' rights advocates gathered outside the agency's Philadelphia office yesterday for a prayer vigil. Last week, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out "Operation Safe City," rounding up almost

The Pennsylvania Constitution requires

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Public school advocates have won a significant victory in their efforts to reform state spending on public education. In 2015, the Commonwealth Court dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of Pennsylvania parents, school districts and statewide organizations. That court reli

Under Pennsylvania law, every child is entitled to a free public school education. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Harrisburg School District has issued new guidelines on a policy that prevented several refugee children from enrolling, but advocates for those children fear the changes may not go far enough. The old policy didn't allow children younger than eight to enroll more than

Juliet Evancho and Elissa Ridenour, two of the plaintiffs in the Pennsylvania lawsuit. (Lambda Legal)

PITTSBURGH - A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit over a Pennsylvania school district's transgender-bathroom policy. Known as Resolution 2, the policy adopted by the Pine-Richland school board last September required transgender students to use either facilities that match the gender

Body cams were intended to increase police accountability and transparency. (Sanderflight/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill that opponents say would restrict public access to police video is now on Gov. Tom Wolf's desk. Senate Bill 560 cleared the House last week and passed in the Senate on Tuesday. According to Elizabeth Randol, legislative director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the whol

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