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    PNS Daily News - March 4, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a U.S. Supreme court case being heard today could impact millions of Americans receiving subsidies through the affordable Care Act; following a months long political battle, congress approves a 40 billion funding package for the Department of Homeland Security; and another study shows the huge economic impact linked to America’s public lands.

Criminal Justice

PHOTO: As New Hampshire lawmakers get back to work, one bill pending (HB650) would require background checks for all commercial advertised gun sales. Credit: Wiki Commons

CONCORD, N.H. – Lawmakers get back to work today in Concord, and among the bills pending is one that would require criminal background checks for all commercially advertised firearm sales. Rep. Katherine Rogers (D-Merrimack) says Granite Staters already go through background checks at gun st ...Read More

Photo: It still takes a pardon from the governor for nearly a quarter of a million former felons, including Mike Hiser (at podium), to get their right to vote back. Hiser is participating in a rally at the state Capitol on Thursday in support of a bill calling for a public vote on the automatic restoration of voting rights. Photo courtesy of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Convicted of multiple nonviolent felonies, Mike Hiser spent four years in prison. Released in 2007, he says he's paid restitution and is off parole. Hiser says it's "un-American" that Kentucky does not automatically restore the voting rights of former felons like him. "For us to s ...Read More

PHOTO: A new analysis of police records shows thousands of stop-and-frisk instances by Philadelphia police each year are legally unjustified. Photo courtesy ACLU of Pennsylvania.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - More than a third of Philadelphia police stop-and-frisk instances are "not legally justified," according to a new analysis by the ACLU of Pennsylvania. The organization has been monitoring the city's compliance with a 2011 court order. Senior staff attorney Mary Catherine Roper sa ...Read More

PHOTO: The call for a moratorium on Kentucky's death penalty has intensified after two separate courts overturned the convictions of death row inmates last week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – On back-to-back days late last week, separate courts overturned convictions in two cases of men on Kentucky's death row. Those reversals have amplified calls from critics of the state's death penalty system to at least place a moratorium on executions. Retired law professo ...Read More

PHOTO: State Rep. Joni Jenkins is urging lawmakers to pass a bill to enable victims of domestic violence, stalking or assault to break their rental lease. Photo courtesy LRC Public Information.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill introduced in the state Legislature would give survivors of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault the ability to get out of a home or apartment lease. Filed by state Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, House Bill 405 says that in order to break a lease, the person has to b ...Read More

PHOTO: Professor, author, and cultural critic Marc Lamont Hill will deliver the keynote address tomorrow in a celebration of Black History Month on the UW-Madison campus. The award-winning activist, journalist and TV host will talk about what he observed in Ferguson, Mo., several months ago. Photo credit: BET.

MADISON, Wis. - Marc Lamont Hill, a host on HuffPost Live and BET news and a CNN political contributor, will give the keynote address Thursday at the Black History Month observation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hill reported from Ferguson, Mo., last summer in the aftermath of the police ...Read More

PHOTO: A Kentucky state senator says a moratorium on Kentucky's death penalty is needed until problems are fixed. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – On the same day Pennsylvania's governor placed a moratorium on the death penalty in the Keystone state, a Kentucky lawmaker filed a bill to make what she says would be moderate reforms to Kentucky's laws. State Sen. Robin Webb maintains there are so many problems with Kentuc ...Read More

PHOTO: Research indicates early secure attachment in children as a way to deter the development of addictive personalities. Photo credit: S. Carson.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee taxpayers spent more than $3 billion in 2013 on the problem of substance abuse, according to a recently released report from Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP). While both the public and private sector continue to allocate funding for drug-treatment programs, ...Read More

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