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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

Gun Violence Prevention

Marshall University counseling professor Carol Smith says new research about how trauma can change the brain shows a lot of practical promise. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A new understanding of how trauma changes the brain shows promise of helping with crime, education, health care, even parenting. Marshall University professor of counseling Carol Smith says traumatic injuries can be emotional or physical. She says the bad news is they can cha ...Read More

Access to a gun in a domestic-violence situation vastly increases the likelihood of homicide. (Rusty Frank/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - A bill to help protect victims of domestic violence passed in Connecticut's House of Representatives on Wednesday. By a 104-42 vote, the House sent House Bill 5054 on to the Senate for consideration. That bill would require those subject to temporary restraining orders to turn ove ...Read More

A Minnesota Senate committee hears from the public today about a bill to require universal background checks for gun purchases in the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Legislation to strengthen background checks for gun buyers in Minnesota gets a public hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would require universal background checks for anyone who buys firearms in the state. Current Minnesota law does not require that private ...Read More

Conflict resolution and giving children hope are being used as tools to keep them out of trouble in Indiana. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - One of the most famous quotes about hope is from Desmond Tutu: "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness." That's one of the many themes at the Peace Learning Center in Indianapolis, which will host a Youth Empowerment Summit next week. The group works w ...Read More

Nationally, police SWAT teams now conduct 60,000 raids a year. (Fiatswat800/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Following the police killing of a Stamford man, civil liberties advocates are calling for more transparency on how, when and why police deploy SWAT units. Dylan Pape, 25, was killed in his home by a Stamford Police Special Response Team on Monday. The death is still being in ...Read More

Guns were found in fewer than one percent of frisks by Philadelphia Police, a new report says. (George Donnelly/flickr.com)

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Police continue to stop and frisk pedestrians without suspicion and disproportionately target minorities, according to a new report. In 2011 the Philadelphia Police Department agreed to reform its stop and frisk practices under the settlement of a federal lawsuit. B ...Read More

The Iowa Legislature could adjourn within the next few weeks, close to the April 19 target. (Library of Congress)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Leaders of the Republican-led Iowa House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are pledging to pass a state budget and adjourn in advance of the April 19 target date. Last week, leaders announced a deal on coupling state and federal tax law, a breakthrough that could lead to a budge ...Read More

A bill to make it easier to carry a concealed weapon is being heard at the Capitol today. (Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - A bill to gut the state's concealed-carry system is being debated today in a public hearing before the Senate State Affairs Committee. In order to carry a concealed, loaded firearm within city limits now, you have to get a permit, pass a background check, undergo firearms training an ...Read More

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