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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - UT: Civil Rights

Student anxiety and incidents of harassment have increased since the 2016 presidential election, according to a survey of school personnel. (iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY – This year's presidential election has had a big impact on the nation's schools, grades K-12. According to a new national survey of educators by the Southern Poverty Law Center, student anxiety and incidents of harassment are on the rise. Maureen Costello, the report's author

The amphitheater at Bryce Canyon is part of one of Utah's iconic national parks. (iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - A coalition of civil rights, environmental justice, conservation and community leaders is asking for more representation for all Americans in national parks and other public lands. The groups are using the upcoming 100th anniversary of the National Park Service to start a change.or

Critics are calling for the impeachment of a controversial Utah judge. Credit: Serggn/iStockphoto.com.

SALT LAKE CITY – A movement is gaining steam to oust a Utah judge who sparked a national controversy when he ordered an infant to be removed from her foster parents' home last week – because the foster parents are lesbians. Judge Scott Johansen has since reversed his decision, but the g

PHOTO: Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis says Utah and all of the U.S. have a moral obligation to care for the tens of thousands of undocumented children arriving along the nation's southern border until their immigration status is determined. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert and state faith leaders to support efforts to temporarily house and care for 1,000 undocumented children in Utah. Dabakis says he was motivated to take action after Herbert was among several Republican governors who sen

PHOTO: Recapture Canyon near Blanding, Utah, may be the site of another tense standoff over western public lands this weekend, as people plan to ride their ATVs in areas that have been off limits to motorized vehicles since 2007. Photo courtesy City of Blanding, Utah.

BLANDING, Utah – Could Southeastern Utah be the next place where private residents challenge the federal government's authority on public lands? Bureau of Land Management officials in Utah say they have been made aware that a group led by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman plans to ride

PHOTO: The legal battle over December's federal court ruling that ended Utah's same-sex marriage ban is expected to continue well into the new year. Image courtesy CDC.

SALT LAKE CITY – The legal battle over the federal court ruling last month that ended Utah's same-sex marriage ban is expected to continue well into the new year. State Attorney General Sean Reyes is expected to seek a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, and there are reports the state may spe

PHOTO: A federal judge's ruling overturning Utah's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage faces a court challenge today (Monday). Photo courtesy U-S Department of Health and Human Services.

SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge's ruling overturning Utah's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage faces a court challenge today. Utah acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet said he plans to bring a motion to stay the court ruling as part of the state's appeal of the decision. Late last week, U.S.

PHOTO: Reforming prison policy should be part of building a new state prison in Utah, according to Isaac Holyoak at the Alliance for a Better Utah. Image courtesy of the Utah Department of Corrections.

SALT LAKE CITY - Reforming prison policy should be part of the process of building a new state prison in Utah, according to Isaac Holyoak, communications director, Alliance for a Better UTAH. State lawmakers formed the Prison Relocation and Development Authority (PRADA) to consider locations where t

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