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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

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A Minnesota Senate committee hears from the public today about a bill to require universal background checks for gun purchases in the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Legislation to strengthen background checks for gun buyers in Minnesota gets a public hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would require universal background checks for anyone who buys firearms in the state. Current Minnesota law does not require that private ...Read More

Conflict resolution and giving children hope are being used as tools to keep them out of trouble in Indiana. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - One of the most famous quotes about hope is from Desmond Tutu: "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness." That's one of the many themes at the Peace Learning Center in Indianapolis, which will host a Youth Empowerment Summit next week. The group works w ...Read More

Granite State activists will be sending a message on Tax Day that the nearly $2.5 billion local taxpayers contribute to the Pentagon budget could be better spent. (Arnie Alpert, AFSC)

CONCORD, N.H. – It's Tax Day, and as many Granite Staters trudge to the Post Office to file their returns, actions are planned in Manchester and Concord to protest what some consider excess military spending military spending. Will Hopkins, executive director of New Hampshire Peace Action, s ...Read More

Death penalty opponents hold a vigil at the South Dakota State Penitentiary on Good Friday. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A group of death penalty opponents is holding a Good Friday vigil to protest the use of capital punishment in South Dakota. The group is having its 19th annual prayer service outside the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, the only prison in the state where executio ...Read More

U.S. immigration officials say they are taking a hands-off policy toward churches that provide sanctuary to refugees who could be deported. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - A church in Texas has given a Guatemalan refugee sanctuary and is hoping that more religious organizations will follow suit. Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas has taken in a woman who church officials will only call Hilda. She says she came to the U.S. to escape vio ...Read More

Ahead of the 51st anniversary of the voting rights marches in Selma, Ala., an interfaith group is celebrating the works of the

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Now that we're in the final weeks of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights marches in Selma, Alabama, a group of Minnesota interfaith leaders is celebrating the public justice works of a Midwest nun who was there. The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition is hosting a viewi ...Read More

The New York Police Department agrees to reforms of its surveillance practices as part of a recent settlement. (ramzi hashisho/freeimages.com)

NEW YORK - Some Muslim New Yorkers are cautiously optimistic about a settlement involving the New York City Police Department. The force has agreed to reforms following two lawsuits accusing it of unfairly targeting Muslims after 9-11. CUNY law school professor Ramzi Kassem heads the police accoun ...Read More

After a year marked by racial and religious tensions, there are hopes for peace in the New Year.(Maryhere/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. - From Gov. Rick Snyder's unwelcoming stance on refugees to racial tensions fueled by police shootings, 2015 seemed to be lacking "peace on earth and goodwill toward men." But some faith groups are optimistic that 2016 can bring about tolerance and respect. Randy Block, director of ...Read More

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