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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 


    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Civil Rights

A bill that proposes restoring voting rights to nonviolent offenders who have served their time has cleared a committee in the Kentucky House. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - An effort to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent offenders who have served their time has, once again, sailed out of committee in the Kentucky House to an uncertain fate. The idea has cleared the full House every year since 2007, but has been repeatedly blocked in the ...Read More

New numbers show reports of sex trafficking in North Dakota went up in 2015. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Hotline calls about human trafficking are up in North Dakota. Polaris, a nonprofit group that runs the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, fielded calls on 19 cases in 2015, three more than the year before. This includes calls on 15 cases of sex trafficking ...Read More

More cases of human trafficking are being reported across the country and in New York. (Tamás Varjú/freeimages.com)

BUFFALO, N.Y. – More cases of human trafficking are being reported – and that could be a good thing. A new study by Polaris, an anti-trafficking group, shows a rise in reported cases in New York and nationwide. The study, which relied on data from the National Human Trafficking Resou ...Read More

There's a big difference between how many students in America's classrooms are of minority races, and the number of teachers who are, but in Indiana the gap isn't as severe. (Tatiyana Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Teachers in the United States don't necessarily look like their students, and there's an effort underway to change that. In the fall of 2010, then U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted the problem and the government launched an initiative, to recruit what he called the ...Read More

Data shows Connecticut police fired stun guns at black and Hispanic suspects at higher rates than whites. (Junglecat/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Preliminary data shows racial disparities in the use of stun guns by police in Connecticut. Connecticut is the first state in the nation to account for the use of stun guns, or tasers, by law enforcement. Though an official report hasn't been issued, David McGuire, legislative an ...Read More

Some defendants have waited more than a year in jail for court ordered treatment. (Jumilla/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has agreed to make sweeping changes in the delivery of mental health services to mentally ill persons facing criminal charges. The agreement, approved Wednesday, settles a federal class action lawsuit filed last October on behalf of hundreds of criminal defenda ...Read More

Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation that would attempt to void same sex marriages in the state, and risk losing $8 billion in federal funds for programs for people in need. (mensatic/morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A state House panel essentially killed a bill that would have attempted to void same sex marriages in Tennessee despite the Supreme Court decision that legalized the practice nationwide. While the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act won't make it to the floor for a vote ...Read More

Several South Dakota lawmakers want to make drug testing mandatory for people who apply for public benefits. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota residents who apply for public assistance programs would have to pass a drug test before receiving help, such as food stamps, if new legislation passes. Republican state Rep. Lynne DiSanto introduced the bill late last week. She says the idea is to ensure that Sou ...Read More

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