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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 


    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Gun Violence Prevention

PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota authored the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, with a goal of reducing the suicide rate among U.S. military veterans. Photo courtesy of Rep. Walz office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Senate is expected to approve legislation this afternoon that seeks to prevent suicide among military veterans through early intervention, expanded treatment and peer support. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act has already won unanimous appr ...Read More

PHOTO: Two Albuquerque police officers involved the fatal shooting of a homeless man are facing possible murder charges.Photo credit: Dick Elbers/Wikimedia Commons.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg is pursuing murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers in the shooting death of a homeless man named James Boyd last March. The shooting occurred in the foothills of the nearby Sandia Mountains. Brandenburg announc ...Read More

PHOTO: The fourth annual Remembrance of Life is this Sunday as Minnesotans who have lost loved ones to gun violence will gather for support and to share photos and memories. Photo collage courtesy of Protect Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS - Family and friends of loved ones lost to gun violence in the state, along with their supporters, will gather this weekend to honor and celebrate their lives. Every life lost is a loss to everyone, said Heather Martens, executive director of Protect Minnesota, and the fourth annual Rem ...Read More

PHOTO: Right now, Michigan residents who are subject to a Personal Protection Order cannot receive a concealed-weapons permit, but that would change under a bill now sitting on Gov. Rick Snyder's desk. Photo credit: KeterMagick/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - A bill that gun-rights advocates say will streamline the process of receiving a concealed-weapons permit also contains a measure that other advocates - for domestic violence victims and women's rights - say could put many Michiganders in danger. Senate Bill 789 eliminates county gu ...Read More

PHOTO: As West Virginia lawmakers prepare for the legislative session, it looks unlikely that a change of control in both House and Senate will derail Gov. Tomblin's push to reform the state's juvenile justice system. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Control of the West Virginia Legislature may have changed, but juvenile-justice reform still seems likely. It's one of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's big initiatives for the year, and the long-time Senate president usually gets his proposals though the Legislature. At a Thursday ev ...Read More

PHOTO: A memorial service will be held in Duluth today to honor the 26 victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. nearly two years ago. Photo credit: Neil Wilkie/Flickr.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Sunday marks the second anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the victims are being remembered at events in Minnesota and across the nation. Twenty children along with six adults were killed in the massacre on Dec. 14, 20 ...Read More

PHOTO: Knowledge is power, and the ACLU of Missouri hopes its new smartphone app will empower Missourians with the information and tools they need to protect their civil rights. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

ST. LOUIS - If you don't know your rights, you won't know if they're being violated. With that adage in mind, the ACLU of Missouri has launched a high-tech campaign to educate and empower Missourians when it comes to proper contact with police and law enforcement. Jeffrey Mittman, executive direct ...Read More

PHOTO: Hearings were held at the statehouse Wednesday on several bills that would radically overhaul Ohio's existing gun laws. Photo credit: Anita Peppers/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - During the lame-duck legislative session now under way, state lawmakers are considering several bills that would radically revamp gun laws in Ohio. House Bill 203 received a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday. Toby Hoover, founder of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, desc ...Read More

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