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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 


    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

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PHOTO: These puppies were found at a farm owned by an American Kennel Club Breeder of Merit, and were allegedly suffering from health problems, overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at the time this photo was taken. Photo credit: Humane Society of the United States.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Purebred dogs are the picture of perfection, and their popularity was highlighted this month at the annual Westminster Dog Show, which remains the nation's second-longest continuously-held sporting event. But an investigation by the Humane Society of the United States alleges th ...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: West Virginia lawmakers are taking up a bill that would roll back part of the water protection law passed after last year's Elk River spill. Observers say it includes a loophole that might apply to Freedom Industries. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia state Senate is considering putting what critics are calling "loopholes" in water protections passed after last year's Freedom Industries chemical spill. The Senate Judiciary Committee took its first look at Senate Bill 423 on Tuesday. The measure would roll ba ...Read More

PHOTO: Jodi James and her colleagues at the Florida Cannabis Action Network display their wares, all made from hemp, at the Florida State Capitol. Photo credit: Phil Latzman

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A table full of hemp products recently made for a strange sight inside Florida's Capitol building, especially when growing the plant here is illegal. The display was set up to promote new legislation to legalize and regulate the cultivation of hemp farming, for use in bea ...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: The massive Dan River coal ash spill left remnants of the toxic substance on the riverbank. Duke Energy is being charged with violating the Clean Water Act for this and other water pollution from its coal ash ponds. Photo courtesy of Catawba Riverkeeper.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Late Friday, federal prosecutors filed nine criminal charges against Duke Energy for the pollution caused by the company's coal ash slurry ponds and subsequent violations of the Clean Water Act. The charges include power plants in Asheville, Charlotte, Goldsboro, Chatham County ...Read More

PHOTO: Laura Tarakam, who lost a son to an asthma attack, wants the Kentucky Senate to pass a statewide smoke-free law. She says while secondhand smoke was not the cause of her son's death, it can be a trigger for asthma. Photo courtesy Smoke-Free Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Laura Tarakam has asthma and has lost one of her sons to an asthmatic attack. She wants Kentucky's Senate to do what the Kentucky House did a week ago - pass a statewide, indoor smoke-free law. "Someone with as sensitive lungs as my family has, secondhand smoke causes a trig ...Read More

PHOTO: A witness who had to flee Monday's huge train derailment and explosion in West Virginia says it has changed how he looks at rail shipment of crude oil. Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A witness who fled Monday's train derailment and massive fire says he can't help but wonder now if he and his neighbors are safe from trains carrying crude oil. Iraq War veteran Brandon Truman lives in Boomer, W. Va., directly across the river from where the tanker cars e ...Read More

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