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    PNS Daily News - October 9, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown; Republicans attempt to regroup in their failed quest for a new House Speaker; Connecticut’s highest court says “no” to reconsidering the death penalty; plus an update on protections for exotic animals.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

According to a new poll, 74 percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with marijuana should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine. Credit: Jan Havlicek/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas – Seventy-four percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with pot should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine, according to a new poll conducted by The Texas Lyceum. Heather Fazio, Texas political director with the Marijuana Policy Pro ...Read More

Methadone and Suboxone are used to treat heroin addiction. Credit: Jr de Barbosa/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that expands access to medical treatment for drug addiction. The law amends state criminal procedure law to ensure that defendants and parolees are not penalized for using medically prescribed drugs to treat addiction while under a doctor's care. Acco ...Read More

A bill to be introduced at the Legislature would create a way for nonviolent felons to ask the court to give them a clean record after five years without getting in trouble. Photo by the WV state legislature.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - No matter how they live after being convicted, West Virginia felons have a hard time getting a job. But legislation could change that for some nonviolent former offenders. Kanawha County Delegate Mike Pushkin will sponsor his Second Chance for Employment Act again in the next ...Read More

The Tennessee state Supreme Court is taking up the question of when police have the right to pull a motorist over for a lane line violation. Credit: Pippalou/Morguefile.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Current law is unclear in Tennessee as to when police have the right to stop you for unsafe driving. The state Supreme Court is hearing two cases that ask the question how many times a driver must cross the center line before they're stopped for a violation. Attorney Sara C ...Read More

When a person decides to take his or her own life, experts say pain has exceeded hope. Credit: pef/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS – No one wants to be nosy, but it could actually save a life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 12 minutes in the U.S. someone takes his or her own life. And a Hoosier teen dies by suicide roughly every two and a half days. Lisa Brattain, are ...Read More

More than one-in-four students have consumed more than just a few sips of alcohol by the time they reach eighth grade. Credit: 1001slide.

BISMARCK, N.D. – With alcohol being the substance most frequently abused by children and adolescents in the U.S., parents are being urged to talk to their children about the dangers before they take their first sips. According to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, childre ...Read More

A campaign by New York state and local law enforcement officials targets impaired drivers for the Labor Day weekend. Credit: Earl Estrera/

NEW YORK - State and local police departments in New York are cracking down on impaired drivers for the Labor Day weekend. "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is part of a national effort to reduce accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Richard Mallow is executive direct ...Read More

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging drivers to make plans this Labor Day weekend, if celebrations include alcohol. Credit: dodgertonskillhause/

RALEIGH, N.C. – This Labor Day weekend, thousands of North Carolinians will imbibe a favorite alcoholic beverage while enjoying the long weekend with family and friends. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging people to make plans to make sure no one drives impaired, and to consider all the t ...Read More

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