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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

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Protesters have expressed disappointment in police in the Freddie Gray case since his death in April 2015. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE – As the nation reacts to the acquittal in the Freddie Gray case, there are calls for justice and for peace. Rev. Tom Harris at Govans Presbyterian Church in Baltimore says you can't have one without the other. He's disappointed a Baltimore judge acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson ...Read More

Full-time employees of Tennessee public colleges and universities now will be able to register with their school to carry a gun on campus if they already have proper permitting. (Morguefile.com)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- As the subject of gun laws takes center stage in the wake of the Orlando massacre, Tennessee college campus police are beginning to process registrations for employees who wish to carry guns while at work. The law allowing for full-time employees to carry guns on campus takes ef ...Read More

The bill also provides money for defense investigators and forensics. (Eric Chan/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A bill giving the state full responsibility for funding New York's public-defense system passed in the final hours of the New York State legislative session. It's been more than 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must provide a lawyer to criminal defendants who ...Read More

Gun-safety advocates want lawmakers to return to the Florida Capitol by the end of the month. (Globetrotter/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While memorial services and funerals continue for the 49 victims of last week's mass shooting in Orlando, a coalition of groups believes now is the time to turn grief into action. The League of Women Voters of Florida hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Ste ...Read More

A screenshot from a video made at the Bettencourt Dairy in Hansen, which sparked Idaho's ag-gag law. (Mercy for Animals)

BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho law that discourages undercover investigations at large-scale livestock farms is headed for a showdown in federal court, in a case that could have implications across the West. Last summer, a district court struck down Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law. The state appealed ...Read More

New York decreased incarceration by 18 percent and crime fell by 17 percent. (Jayu/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – States that reduce their prison populations are seeing their crime rates go down too, according to the the Brennan Center for Justice. In the 1990s, getting tough on crime led to a rapid rise in the number of people incarcerated. Now, with more than 2 million people behind bars, t ...Read More

Connecticut's prison population fell 17 percent and crime decreased by 25 percent between 2006 and 2014. (my_southborough/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. - States that reduce their prison populations are seeing their crime rates go down, too. In the 1990s, getting "tough on crime" led to a rapid rise in the number of people incarcerated. Now, with more than 2 million behind bars, the United States has the largest prison population in ...Read More

Pennsylvania’s prison population grew 12 percent and crime decreased 23 percent, according to a new national report, between 2006 and 2014. (Marduk/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa.- A new analysis shows Pennsylvania is out of step with most states that are reducing their crime rates. Between 2006 and 2014, 27 states lowered their prison populations and saw their crime rates go down. Crime decreased in Pennsylvania in that period too, but the prison populatio ...Read More

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