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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 


    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

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PHOTO: A candlelight vigil will be held in Fort Lauderdale tonight to remember the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting. Photo credit: Darren Hester/Morguefile.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Activists are holding a vigil in Fort Lauderdale tonight to honor the nine victims of the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The rally and march are intended to show solidarity with the Charleston community. Cassia Laham, an organizer of the event with Peop ...Read More

PHOTO: Those who choose to wear orange Tuesday are asked to make three promises: to honor the lives of those lost to gun violence, to pledge to do all possible to keep guns out of the wrong hands, and to be responsible gun owners and keep kids safe. Image courtesy of Everytown for Gun Safety.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It's the color hunters wear to protect themselves and others in the woods, and tomorrow it will be the color many Michiganders don to recognize the inaugural National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Grant Grimard, 21, of Ann Arbor will be among those dressed in orange, which he say ...Read More

PHOTO: American Friends Service Committee has been on the ground in Baltimore and is calling for police to scale back their presence in promote safety. Photo credit: Dorret/flickr.com

BALTIMORE - Tensions still are running high because of the Freddie Gray death. Dominique Stevenson, director of the American Friends Service Committee "Friend of a Friend" program, has been in the area since last week, and offered perspective on what happened Monday that led to clashes between poli ...Read More

PHOTO: Former Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is in the Granite State this week, warning about wasteful Pentagon spending and the corrupting influence of big money on the race for the White House. Courtesy: College of William and Mary

DURHAM, N.H. - The ranks of declared presidential candidates keeps growing and today a foreign policy expert is warning Granite Staters about what he calls wasteful military spending. Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired colonel who served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilk ...Read More

PHOTO: A security expert speaks Wednesday at UNH Durham on how lawmakers are governing under the influence of Pentagon contractors, and says the F-35 fighter is a good example of excessive spending and misplaced priorities. Photo credit: U.S. Air Force.

CONCORD, N.H. - There's no shortage of lawmakers calling for more military spending, but a security expert says New Hampshire and the nation would be better served by focusing on the real needs of Americans. Bill Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Pol ...Read More

Florida currently bans guns on college campuses, but some lawmakers want to change that. Photo credit: flickr/Creative Commons/Scott Beale

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Even as university presidents, campus police and student government leaders rose up against it, the Florida Senate's Higher Education Committee has given its approval to a controversial bill (SB 176) that would allow concealed firearms on college campuses. State Rep. Mich ...Read More

PHOTO: Protesters at Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas claim American drones are killing 28 innocent people for every intended target in places such as Afghanistan and Somalia.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A protest under way near Creech Air Force Base, located northwest of Las Vegas, is centered on allegations the United States Air Force is operating an anti-terrorism drone program that is killing innocent civilians. John Amidon is a member of Veterans for Peace, among the organizat ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands are expected in Raleigh on Saturday for daylong Moral March events, including the annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People's Assembly March to the North Carolina Legislature. Photo courtesy: HKonJ.com

RALEIGH, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolinians will celebrate what they call their "love for justice" this Valentine's Day weekend in Raleigh. The Moral March on Raleigh was born out of the annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People's Assembly March to the North Carolina Legislature. ...Read More

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