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PNS Daily Newscast - March 8, 2021 


Nationwide protests in advance of trial of former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd; judicial districts amendment faces bipartisan skepticism in PA.


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After a whirlwind voting session the Senate approves $1.9 Trillion COVID relief bill, President Biden signs an executive order to expand voting access and the president plans a news conference this month.

Public News Service - ID: Gun Violence Prevention

A bill to allow guns on Idaho public school campuses through enhanced concealed-carry permits was defeated in the 2019 session. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho moms are in Boise today to speak with lawmakers about gun safety. They want legislators to oppose measures that would allow anyone with an enhanced concealed permit to carry guns at Idaho public schools. Enhanced permits require more training to obtain than standard permits.

Each of the four most deadly mass shootings this year have left at least 10 people dead. (Lori Shaull/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho – After a rash of mass shootings, physicians across the country are stepping up their efforts to combat gun violence. The American College of Physicians, the country's largest medical specialty organization, says the failure to enact meaningful gun control legislation undermines

More than half of women killed by guns are killed by an intimate partner. (S Pakhrin/Wikimedia Commons)

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BOISE, Idaho – Idahoans are raising awareness about gun violence this weekend by painting the state orange. Friday is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and advocates are marking it with events across the nation and throughout the weekend. At 8 p.m. Friday, a vigil for the victims of gun v

High school students will gather on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol to protest gun violence on March 14. (Kevin Rank/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho — Some Idaho high school students are planning to join their peers across the country in mid-March to protest gun violence. Students will stage a walkout on March 14, the one-month anniversary of the Parkland High School shooting in Florida. They say they'll stand outside for 17

Idaho could be poised to join 28 other states with a law that prevents domestic abusers from buying or possessing a firearm. (cifraser1/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho — A bill introduced in the Idaho House could reduce gun violence in domestic abuse situations. House Bill 585 would make it a misdemeanor for people who have been convicted of domestic violence within the past two years to buy or possess a firearm. Federally, it is illegal for p

A bill to make it easier to carry a concealed weapon is being heard at the Capitol today. (Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile)

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BOISE, Idaho - A bill to gut the state's concealed-carry system is being debated today in a public hearing before the Senate State Affairs Committee. In order to carry a concealed, loaded firearm within city limits now, you have to get a permit, pass a background check, undergo firearms training an

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