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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

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As the nation pauses to remember those who served and died defending the nation, a new report says the average officer veteran is only 47 and needs to find a good state for retirement. (Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force)

AUGUSTA, Maine - As the nation takes time to honor veterans on Memorial Day, a new survey points to Maine as one of the top 10 states in the nation as places for veterans to retire. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales said their survey found that Maine ranks in the top three states for quality of life ...Read More

Almost 60 municipalities have prohibited wild animal acts or training animals with bullhooks. (Steve Jurvetson/Flickr)

PITTSBURGH -- Clowns and animal-rights advocates crowded Pittsburgh's City Council chambers this week, speaking their minds about a proposed ban on wild-animal acts in the city. The ordinance, based on a similar law in San Francisco, would prohibit performances involving wild or exotic animals. Kri ...Read More

Some first-time DUI offenders in Pennsylvania will be required to install ignition interlocks in their cars. (Rsheram/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is clamping down harder on drunk driving. Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a bill into law that requires many first-time offenders convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock on their vehicles for a year. The device prevents the car from starting when t ...Read More

Magazines that promote marijuana will have to be kept behind the counter under the latest proposal to legalize marijuana in Maine. (United States Fish and Wildlife Service).

AUGUSTA, Maine – It has been a long road paved with court battles and compromise, but Maine voters will get a chance to decide whether the state should legalize pot on the November ballot. David Boyer, who manages the Maine chapter of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, says the ...Read More

Naomi Goldberg is co-author of a new report that finds transgender people are vulnerable to many forms of discrimination that make them far more likely to end up in jail and prison. (Jimenez/Funders for LGBTQ Issues)

BOSTON – A new report says it is not just controversial bathroom laws, but a wide range of factors that make transgender people vulnerable to a wide range of harm. Naomi Goldberg, the report’s co-author and research and policy director for the Movement Advancement Project, says that in ...Read More

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bills cap LLC contributions at $5,000. (Gov. Andrew Cuomo/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a package of bills to close a major loophole in New York state's campaign finance laws. The "LLC Loophole" allows individuals to form multiple limited liability companies, and use each one to give a candidate more than $60,000 in each election cycl ...Read More

Of more than 80,000 chemicals sold, only about 200 have been tested for safety. (CGP Grey/flickr.com)

NEW YORK – A bill to significantly strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act should soon be law across the country. The 1976 law made it almost impossible to evaluate the safety and control the use of the more than 80,000 chemicals sold in the United States. In fact, the Environmental Pr ...Read More

Bill sponsor Sen. Ken LaValle urges passage of his GMO labeling law on Tuesday. (Food and Water Watch)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Consumer advocates were in Albany on Tuesday, urging passage of a bill to require labeling of genetically modified foods before the legislative session ends. Advocates have maintained that the bill has the support of a majority in the Assembly and is sponsored by almost half of the s ...Read More

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