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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Gun Violence Prevention

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

PHOTO: Minnesota leaders in law enforcement, gun safety and domestic violence prevention gathered Monday for a roundtable with former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. Photo credit: Bill Morrow/Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - Former U.S. congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords was in Minnesota on Monday, touting the need for stronger laws to protect women from gun violence by stalkers and abusers. Giffords was joined by leaders in law enforcement, gun safety, and domestic violence preventio ...Read More

PHOTO: Kim McGowan (right) is among the security guards working for private contractors who say today's security challenges call for more training and better pay. They rallied in Downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Photo credit: Maria Montano.

PITTSBURGH - Steel City security guards rallied Downtown on Wednesday to demand greater job security, and to point out many of the private contractors hired by high-rise owners or managers don't offer their workers enough training, room for advancement, or sufficient pay for the modern-day challenge ...Read More

PHOTO: About 40 percent of the gun sales in Washington are private sales, without background checks, between individuals, online or at gun shows like the one in Texas pictured here. Only one of Washington's November ballot measures, I-594, would expand background checks. Photo credit: Glasgows/Wikimedia Commons.
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SEATTLE - Bullets aren't flying, but rhetoric is, as two ballot measures on gun-purchase background checks are defended by their respective supporters. A closer look at who's backing which initiative finds gun collectors, firearms instructors, and Tea Party groups on the side of I-591, for fewer bac ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Illinois says important safety and privacy guidelines are needed before the use of body cameras by police enforcement are widely-used throughout the state. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Justice.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - In the aftermath of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, state leaders in Illinois are contemplating the use of police body cameras for better oversight of law enforcement. Some say important guidelines are needed to protect both police officers and citizens. Ed Yohnka, communica ...Read More

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Gun Violence Prevention by State