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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

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PHOTO: A Department of Justice report that found a shooting a week by Philadelphia police shows problems that are part of a bigger picture, according to groups working to change law enforcement in the city. Photo courtesy of the ACLU of PA.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Justice Department report that found a high number of shootings by Philadelphia police confirms what critics have been saying, the American Civil Liberties Union says. According to the DOJ, Philadelphia police shot about one person a week for the past eight years - a much higher ...Read More

PHOTO: A Minnesota nonprofit organization is reporting success in helping keep former inmates from returning to prison by linking them with opportunities for employment and housing. Photo credit: Krystian Olszanski/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A program in Minnesota is making great strides in helping African-American men who are getting out of prison stay out - and also work toward getting out of poverty. Thomas Adams, president and chief executive of Better Futures of Minnesota, said key to the nonprofit group's succes ...Read More

PHOTO: A bill in the North Carolina State Assembly proposes criminalizing women for using drugs while pregnant. Women advocates insist there's a better way to confront the problem. Photo credit: morguefile.com/larryfarr

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina women who bear a child born addicted to or harmed by drugs could face criminal prosecution, if a bill proposed in the state Assembly passes and is signed into law. Lynn Shoemaker, advocacy and issues director for Women AdvaNCe, a nonpartisan institute that advocates f ...Read More

PHOTO: It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24 in Illinois and nationally. Photo credit: Chang Liu/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and health and education leaders in Illinois say families, schools and communities each play a role in preventing violence before it occurs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth violence is ...Read More

Florida currently bans guns on college campuses, but some lawmakers want to change that. Photo credit: flickr/Creative Commons/Scott Beale

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Even as university presidents, campus police and student government leaders rose up against it, the Florida Senate's Higher Education Committee has given its approval to a controversial bill (SB 176) that would allow concealed firearms on college campuses. State Rep. Mich ...Read More

Photo: Experts recommend using caution when it comes to what information you share online, in an effort to avoid cyberbullies. Photo credit: morguefile.com/gaborfromhungary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cyber bullying can happen to anyone of any age, according to author Blair London, who heard some of her adult friends share stories of their experiences on social media. After researching, she realized they were not alone. She maintains the distance provided by online co ...Read More

PHOTO: According to the Virginia ACLU the bloody arrest of U.VA. student Martese Johnson highlights longstanding issues of race and law enforcement. Photo courtesy of Martese Johnson.

RICHMOND, Va. – The American Civil Liberties Union says the bloody arrest of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson is a sign of deeper problems between African-Americans and police in Virginia. Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, says blacks are more l ...Read More

PHOTO: Itís National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and health and education leaders in Ohio say everyone in a community plays role in preventing violence before it occurs. Photo credit: hilarycl/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Youth violence is preventable say many health and education leaders as schools and organizations around Ohio observe National Youth Violence Prevention Week. The Ohio Violence Prevention Academy provides training to combat violence in schools and neighborhoods. The group&# ...Read More

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