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    PNS Daily News - February 8, 20160 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast including: the presidential hopefuls eye New Hampshire; how the nation’s two-tiered justice system is benefiting corporations; and gun control laws in Maryland in limbo after an appeals court decision.

Public News Service - Maryland

Gun rights supporters will get another chance to argue about overturning Maryland's assault weapons ban. (iStockphoto/Ultra1s)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland lawmakers passed the sweeping Firearms Safety Act after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. But the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now decided a lower court was wrong when it upheld the state’s ban on assault rifles and it h...Read More

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Before you watch the big game, check the TV set to ensure it can't be tipped over accidentally and hurt someone. (Veronica Carter)

BALTIMORE - Super Bowl weekend means a lot of parties, and safety experts are cautioning about the injury risks associated with TV tip-overs. Research finds that more than 17,000 kids are treated in emergency rooms nationally each year for injuries related to a television tip-over. That's about one...Read More

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Environment America is asking Maryland and other states in the region to cut power plant emissions by another 50 percent by 2030. (Environment America)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Representatives from nine Northeastern states met recently for the first time since the Paris climate agreement to talk about cutting pollution and reducing global warming. Travis Madsen, the state campaign director for Environment America, says the next important step forwa...Read More

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The snowshoe hare hasn't been seen in Maryland since the 1980s, and a new report says its habitat continues to shrink as a result of the changing climate. (Defenders of Wildlife)

BALTIMORE - Groundhog Day predictions have never been a hundred percent accurate, but for a growing number of small mammals, a changing climate is already having an impact. A new report from the National Wildlife Federation turns the spotlight away from Punxsutawney Phil to flying squirrels, pika...Read More

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The Freedom To Marry campaign is over now that same-sex marriage is legal, but the group's founder says it will continue fighting for equal treatment. (Derek Paulson)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Freedom to Marry campaign is over. That isn't a bad thing, according to the man who founded the movement. Evan Wolfson says he's worked for more than 30 years to allow any couple to commit to each other legally, regardless of their sexual persuasion. Now that the United States...Read More

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Programs have been launched in Maryland to make the teaching profession more racially diverse. (Kiyana Carter)

BALTIMORE – Teachers in the United States don't necessarily look like their students, and there's an effort underway to change that. But Maryland is still at the bottom of the list when it comes to teacher diversity. Nationally, minority students make up about half the student population, bu...Read More

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New guidelines are being recommended to screen pregnant women and mothers earlier for depression (Lorie Tuter)

BALTIMORE - Pregnant women and women who recently have given birth should be screened for depression, according to a recommendation by a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel, the first for maternal mental-illness screening. New evidence suggests postpartum depression can begin during pregnancy...Read More

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Maryland has seen dramatic drops in bee numbers. (PANNA)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland has been losing its bee population. In 2012, 60 percent of the state's bees died off. Many Beekeepers and scientists believe that can be attributed to neonicotinoids, which are pesticides common in both agriculture and home gardening. They've been around for about 20 years ...Read More

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