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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 


    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Human Rights/Racial Justice

More than one-third of Indiana's counties are now participating in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which gives judges more choice in sentencing young people. (Cynthia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David calls the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative the "greatest reform" he's ever seen and now, one-third of Indiana's counties are participating. The Annie E. Casey Foundation model is based on the assumption that sometimes, a young per ...Read More

Steven Avery was ultimately found innocent of a crime he'd been arrested for in 1985. This is the 1985 mugshot. (Manitowoc County Sheriff's Dept./Wikipedia Commons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" might be making a more sympathetic juror. That's the opinion of experts including Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic at the Wake Forest School of Law. The 10-part series was filmed over 10 years. It pro ...Read More

New state legislation aiming to strengthen and improve Colorado's SB 251 Driver's License program will be introduced in the House today. (Anyaberkut/iStockphoto)

DENVER - State Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, plans to introduce legislation in the House today that is designed to break through a political bottleneck keeping some immigrants from obtaining driver's licenses. The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act became law in 2013, but services only are ...Read More

Coastal flooding is one of the issues moving a coalition of 50 separate Virginia groups to press for climate action. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. - A broad coalition is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to speed the state's transition away from fossil fuels and interestingly, it's not just environmentalists. A coalition of 50 groups wrote to the governor asking how his office will implement an Environmental Protection Agency plan t ...Read More

A bill that proposes restoring voting rights to nonviolent offenders who have served their time has cleared a committee in the Kentucky House. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - An effort to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent offenders who have served their time has, once again, sailed out of committee in the Kentucky House to an uncertain fate. The idea has cleared the full House every year since 2007, but has been repeatedly blocked in the ...Read More

New numbers show reports of sex trafficking in North Dakota went up in 2015. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Hotline calls about human trafficking are up in North Dakota. Polaris, a nonprofit group that runs the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, fielded calls on 19 cases in 2015, three more than the year before. This includes calls on 15 cases of sex trafficking ...Read More

Illinois activists say research shows taxpayers are subsidizing low-wage employers.(iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois community activists are continuing their push for the passage of a bill that would force large employers to either pay a livable wage or pay a fine. It's called the Cook County Responsible Business Act. Supporters say the county could lead the way for the r ...Read More

Dozens of Minnesota parents are graduating from a cradle-to-college program aimed at curbing generational poverty. (NAZ)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Dozens of Minnesota parents will be honored this weekend by one of the state's most ambitious antipoverty community organizations. The Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis is hosting its Family Academy graduation ceremony on Saturday at Patrick Henry High School. Sondra Samue ...Read More

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