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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 


    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

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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

PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut ...Read More

PHOTO: With one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations of any U.S. city, Nashville is launching an Office of New Americans to help immigrants adapt, succeed, and ultimately benefit Nashville's economy. Photo credit: Kyle Simourd/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As the debate over immigration policy continues in Tennessee and across the nation, Nashville continues to move ahead with its own efforts to engage and empower immigrants who call the city home. On Monday, Mayor Karl Dean signed an executive order to create an Office of New Amer ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois community organizations and educational institutions are marking World Peace Day  with events to discuss ongoing conflicts and possible solutions, both abroad and at home. Graphic credit: freebuddyimages.com.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinoisans across the state will join millions of others for a global celebration this weekend. Sunday, Sept. 21 is the International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, an annual observance devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace. Julia Albarracin is professor of ...Read More

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