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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


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A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - CT: Gun Violence Prevention

Countries that restrict access to military-style weapons have far fewer mass shootings. (meketrefe/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The latest mass shootings have led to calls for enhanced reporting of mental health records. But mental health experts say that would have little, if any, impact. News coverage of the November 14 shootings at a school in Rancho Tehama, Calif., focused on the shooter's mental his

In 2014, there were 2,000 arrests in Connecticut for violations of court orders in intimate partner relationships. (Rusty Frank/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The latest numbers show domestic violence is still a deadly problem in Connecticut, but there's hope that a new law may help curb the violence. A new report from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence said 231 people, mostly women, have died in intimate partner h

The Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Newtown Police/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut's ban on assault weapons has survived a challenge in federal court. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state ban on the sale of military-style assault rifles and large-capacity magazines. Ron Pinciaro,

Sixty-one agencies in 23 states are known to possess stingray technology. (ACLU.org)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - A landmark cellphone privacy bill is on its way to Gov. Danell Malloy's desk. House Bill 5640 already had passed in the House by a vote of 140 to zero, and Wednesday night it cleared the Senate also without a single dissenting vote. Since 2005, police have received more than

Access to a gun in a domestic-violence situation vastly increases the likelihood of homicide. (Rusty Frank/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - A bill to help protect victims of domestic violence passed in Connecticut's House of Representatives on Wednesday. By a 104-42 vote, the House sent House Bill 5054 on to the Senate for consideration. That bill would require those subject to temporary restraining orders to turn ove

Nationally, police SWAT teams now conduct 60,000 raids a year. (Fiatswat800/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Following the police killing of a Stamford man, civil liberties advocates are calling for more transparency on how, when and why police deploy SWAT units. Dylan Pape, 25, was killed in his home by a Stamford Police Special Response Team on Monday. The death is still being in

Senator Chris Murphy is scheduled to talk with federal officials today (Monday) about the breakdown in the background check system that allowed mass murder suspect Dylan Roof to purchase a handgun. Courtesy: Senator Murphy

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HARTFORD, Conn. – It's an admitted breakdown in the federal background check system that may have cost nine lives, and today U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy will meet with the FBI and the Department of Justice to discuss that failure. Dylan Roof, the 21-year-old suspect in the South Carolina church s

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HARTFORD, Conn. - In the aftermath of the deaths of 27 pupils and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School almost a year ago, state lawmakers have been working on measures to prevent future violence. Stonington Representative Diana Urban co-sponsored a children's mental health bill that she said sho

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