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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - WA: LGBTQIA Issues

In 2015, the Washington Human Rights Commission passed a rule that guarantees people access to bathrooms designated for the gender with which they live. (Checkingfax/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE -- Petitioners have one more day to collect signatures for an initiative that would allow people to use only bathrooms designated for the gender they were assigned at birth. Initiative 1552 would repeal the Washington Human Rights Commission's 2015 rule that guaranteed people access to bat

Artists collaborated with the group Forward Together to create cards for Mamas Day, depicting families of traditionally marginalized communities. (Melanie Cervantes/Forward Together)

REDMOND, Wash. – In recent years, groups that represent marginalized communities have given Mother's Day a makeover. "Mamas Day" was started in 2011 as a way to celebrate moms who typically are left out of the "traditional" maternal depiction. The Strong Families campaign of the social-justi

The U.S. Census Bureau says a draft category on sexual orientation and gender identity was submitted to Congress in error, and quickly erased it. (taskforce.org)

SEATTLE -- Members of the LGBTQ community say they are feeling erased after proposed questions on sexual orientation and gender identity were removed from a draft of the 2020 Census this week. The U.S. Census Bureau, which is required to submit a list of categories to be tracked on the Census thre

Young voters, like Cris Romero above, are discussing their feelings about the election today at a conference in Seattle. (Courtesy Photo)

SEATTLE – Young people voting for the first time in this election may never see another presidential faceoff like it again. Today in Seattle at the National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning, where the theme is "Dare to Disrupt," young, first-time voters will open up about their fe

One of Washington's first same-sex marriages after the passage of the Washington State Marriage Equality Act in 2012. (Seattle Municipal Archives)

TACOMA, Wash. — Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages. Since then, the number of gay and lesbian couples living together and married has gone up from 38 percent to 49 percent, according to a

The Idriss Mosque, above, received a threat this week after the shooting in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE – Muslim communities in the Evergreen State are feeling a backlash in the wake of the shooting in Orlando, Fla. Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Seattle, says mosques in Seattle and Redmond have received threats this week, and law en

Pope Francis released his second exhortation, called

SEATTLE – Pope Francis got the attention on Friday of the nearly one in five Washingtonians who practice the Roman Catholic faith with the release of a document called "Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love." In the document, Francis asks priests and bishops to be more lenient of people who

Organizations such as the Rainbow Center in Tacoma are celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31. (Rainbow Center)

SEATTLE - People around the world are celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility today. Washington state has been a leader on transgender rights, adding protections for the community a decade ago. However, lawmakers this legislative session proposed reversals to those protections, suc

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