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PNS Daily News - May 29, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues in today’s news including: Germany’s leader notes a disconnect with the United States; remembering the fallen and those left behind on a Memorial Day; and a look at passenger’s rights as summer air travel season kicks into gear.

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Public News Service - WA: Civil Rights

May Day rallies across the country are expected to be ramped up this year in opposition to the Trump administration. (Chuck Taylor/Flickr)

PASCO, Wash. -- Today is May Day, and Washingtonians are rallying with people across the country in support of laborers and immigrant communities. Otherwise known as International Workers' Day, May Day now is also associated with immigrants' rights. The Tri-Cities area has been planning May Day pr

The ACLU of Washington says children in Grays Harbor County have routinely been held in detention without adequate legal representation. (AlexRaths/iStockphoto)

SEATTLE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington says children charged with crimes aren't getting the legal help they deserve, and it wants the state to change that. The ACLU filed a lawsuit last week against the Office of Public Defense for allegedly failing to provide proper lega

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

Japanese-Americans in the Northwest were held at an internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho, during World War II. (IMLS Digital Collections and Content/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of an executive order that led to the internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. To mark the anniversary, the Seattle Library will hold an event highlighting the parallels between their situation and that of toda

Medical aid in dying for terminally ill patients, which is legal in Washington and five other states, involves consultation from a medical professional. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

SEATTLE – Advocates for end-of-life choices are concerned about President Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch. Washington is among six states where medical aid in dying is an option for terminally ill patients at the end of their lives. In 2006, in his book "Th

The theme for this year's MLK Day march in Seattle is

SEATTLE — Today, Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with marches in Washington state and across the country. A hero of the civil-rights movement, King is also remembered for his work on the cause of economic justice. His presence at labor marches often is overshadowed by

An Institute for Justice study found Washington state collected $108 million in civil forfeiture proceeds between 2001 and 2013. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Law enforcement can seize the assets of Washingtonians who are simply suspected of a crime, but that could change in the 2017 legislative session. The bipartisan bill HB 1016 would prohibit law enforcement from seizing property from people who have not been found guilty and o

The group NWDC Resistance says the Northwest Detention Center is over capacity and questions the conditions and treatment of immigrants held there. (Seattle Globalist/Flickr)

SEATTLE – As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office and many wonder if he will follow through on plans to increase deportations, Washington state immigrant communities say they've been here before. Maru Mora Villalpando, an immigrant-rights organizer and founder of Latino Advoc

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