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    PNS Daily News - April 28, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; the State of Emergency continues in Baltimore; questions about the Senate’s Toxic Substances bill and whether it modernizes or weakens protections; plus a look at how Spokane is handling moose on the loose.

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PHOTO: Grandmother Yolanda Verona hugs granddaughter Frida Villagomez at the border fence in Friendship Park at Border Field State Park near San Diego. Photo credit: Maria Teresa Fernandez/Border Angels.

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Border Patrol opened a stretch of fence along the border with Mexico near San Diego for 15 minutes this weekend to let members of four long-separated families embrace. Part of the Friendship Day celebration and Children's Day holiday in Mexico, the event was organized by Border ...Read More

PHOTO: Tari Muniz and her partner Kim hope to finally be able to make their marriage a reality, if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that states have an obligation to perform same-sex marriages. Photo courtesy of T. Muniz.

LANSING, Mich. – Is it the will of voters or a court or law that decides who can marry? The answer many Michiganders have waited years for is almost here, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the issue of marriage equality. Tari Muniz, 57, of Lansing has been with her partner Kim ...Read More

PHOTO: California lawmakers are considering major changes to the voting system, including automatically registering voters using the DMV database and sending them all mail-in ballots. Photo credit: kakisky/morguefile.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Before the 2016 election most California drivers could be automatically registered to vote and receive their ballot in the mail all without having to lift a finger. Today, the Assembly Transportation Committee hears a bill to authorize the state to use the Department of Motor Ve ...Read More

IMAGE: After early problems with the website and years of bad public opinion numbers, a new poll suggests more Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act than disapprove.

RICHMOND, Va. – After years of general disapproval, more people now say they like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, than dislike it. A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation says for the first time since 2012, more Americans approve of the health care reform law, although by a s ...Read More

PHOTO: People convicted of a felony would be able to vote immediately upon their release from prison or jail under a bill to be debated today in the Minnesota Senate. Photo credit: Vox Efx/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Debate is expected today in the Minnesota Senate on a bill that includes a proposal to allow people convicted of felonies to vote immediately upon their release from jail or prison. Currently, those convicted of a felony are unable to vote until they're no longer on parole, ...Read More

PHOTO: A controversial package of bills that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to serve those who violate there religious beliefs is headed to the state Senate for a vote. Photo credit: acrylicartist/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - As 3,000 Michigan children sit waiting for adoptive families, legislation which would allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to serve those that violate their religious beliefs, such as same-sex or unmarried couples, has advanced in Lansing. Randy Block, director with the M ...Read More

MAP: A new report finds that raising the state’s minimum wage would actually create more jobs, and it says in some counties as many as thirty percent of employees would get a boost. Map by the Keystone Research Center.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Not only would raising the state's low-end pay not cost jobs, a new analysis finds a $10.10 Pennsylvania minimum wage actually would add thousands of jobs. Mark Price, an economist at the Keystone Research Center who did much of the research, says for years people assumed r ...Read More

PHOTO: State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) will once again introduce legislation to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use in Wisconsin, saying the most dangerous thing about marijuana is that it remains illegal in Wisconsin. Photo credit: Dylan Brogan

MADISON, Wis. – To state Rep. Melissa Sargent, a Madison Democrat, the numbers tell the story when it comes to legalizing marijuana use in Wisconsin. Each time a police officer makes a stop for marijuana possession, it costs taxpayers on average $425, and there are far more arrests for marij ...Read More

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