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    PNS Daily News - March 31, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: Opponents want Indiana’s controversial Religious freedom Restoration Act amended or repealed; Older Americans in Phoenix will be voicing their concerns as part of the White House Conference on Aging; controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is expected to show his support today for a state takeover of public lands.

Civic Engagement

PHOTO: Representatives from Detroit area churches, synagogues, and mosques will be among those attending a community conversation in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Selma march. Image courtesy of Detroit Clergy Gathering.

DETROIT – Fifty years after the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, a group of Michigan clergy members hopes to pick up the torch and continue the fight for racial and social justice. Reverend Barbara Kelley, senior pastor of the People's Community Church, Detroit, ...Read More

PHOTO: Organizers of the annual online fundraiser "Love Utah Give Utah" are hoping to raise two million dollars today to benefit hundreds of nonprofits and schools. Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - Raising $2 million in one day, today, to benefit hundreds of nonprofits and schools is the goal of "Love Utah Give Utah." Blair Hodson is director of initiatives with the Community Foundation of Utah, which organizes the annual day of online giving at He says the ...Read More

PHOTO: One of the featured speakers at the Seventh Annual Wisconsin Progressive Grassroots Festival in Mazomanie Saturday is state Rep. Sondy Pope, D-Cross Plains, who says the Citizens United decision has allowed wealthy people and corporations to purchase election results. (Photo credit:

MAZOMANIE, Wis. - The Wisconsin Progressive Grassroots Festival is one of the largest gatherings of its sort in the nation, and the festival this Saturday at Wisconsin Heights High School in Mazomanie will be the seventh annual get-together. The event features more than 20 sessions on current politi ...Read More

PHOTO: Bills being considered in the Florida House and Senate propose making the selection process of state college and university presidents private. Photo credit:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A bill that would make the process of selecting university and Florida College System presidents private advanced Tuesday through its third state House committee. Opponents fear that House Bill 223, if passed, would shut the public out from the process of selecting some of the hi ...Read More

PHOTO: Shop and Share Day, the annual goods drive benefiting the state's domestic violence shelters, is this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at more than 100 participating grocery stores. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This coming Saturday you can make going to the grocery store a way to help others. Saturday is Shop and Share Day, the annual goods drive for the state's network of 15 domestic violence shelters. Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear came up with the idea after seeing the overwhelming ne ...Read More

PHOTO: The House Energy Committee will hear a bill today that would make the state the sole regulator for all oil and gas activities. Photo credit: John Campbell/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – Oil and gas is a big part of Texas history, economy and culture, but so is the idea of protecting the home front and local control. A bill before the Texas House Energy Committee today would make the state the only government body that can regulate oil and gas. Sharon Wilso ...Read More

PHOTO: Boy Scouts across Utah will be collecting food Saturday in an annual effort that netted 1.6 million pounds of food last year. Photo courtesy Utah Food Bank.

SALT LAKE CITY - Thousands of Boy Scouts and volunteers are collecting food Saturday in an annual event that will likely provide more than 1 million meals for people in Utah. The Utah Food Bank operates the "Scouting for Food" event each year in partnership with more than 130 food pantries and agen ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Several government watchdog groups say they want Gov. Terry McAuliffe to press for changes to a newly passed ethics bill, which they describe as "completely inadequate." Image courtesy of Common Cause.

RICHMOND, Va. - Saying it could actually make some ethics dilemmas worse, several watchdog groups are calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to press for changes to Virginia's just-passed ethics legislation. Aaron Scherb, director of legislative affairs for Common Cause, said the General Assembly was emba ...Read More

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