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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


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The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - MN: Gun Violence Prevention

Prior to this month's health clinic shooting, Minnesota lawmakers debated certain gun control measures, yet partisan divides have blocked bills from advancing. (Pixabay)

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BUFFALO, Minn. -- Demands for tougher gun laws are again growing louder after last week's deadly shooting at a Minnesota health clinic. A key advocacy group said despite political roadblocks, the emotional pain associated with the incident added to public pressure to act. Authorities said the susp

Minnesota's Capitol building has seen a beefed-up security presence following last year's civil unrest and this year's political tension. Members of a safety committee say some measures need to be permanent. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota committee is holding hearings on how to improve safety at the state capitol complex in St. Paul. It follows January's riots at the U.S. Capitol, as well as protests held locally. Leading up to President Joe Biden's inauguration, a number of states fortified their cap

A 2018 report by the FBI found that of 63 active shooter assailants, only 25% had been diagnosed with a mental illness, and only three with a psychotic disorder. (avi_acl/pixabay)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The holiday weekend brought another mass shooting to Texas, the second in less than a month. But one psychiatrist who studies gun violence says blaming mass shootings on mental illness won't stop future incidents. Police say the latest suspect, a white male in his 30s, used

Twenty states now have tougher gun laws, with nine legislative bills signed into law by Republican governors. (act.everytown.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Every day, at least 100 Americans die from gun violence, but advocates for tougher gun laws say they're making slow but steady progress to change that. Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, when many gun-law advocates will wear orange to call attention to the issue.

Despite survey results that fear of a school shooting is the top concern for school-aged students and parents, Minnesota lawmakers passed no new gun-control legislation in 2018. (Tim Nelson for mpr.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The top three worries of Minnesota kids and their parents as they head to school each morning are bullying, a possible school shooting, and pressure to do things they don't want to. The list of top concerns, part of a survey by You.Gov, showed that kids between ages 6 and 17 now h

About 500,000 people, including many students from Minnesota, participated in Saturday's March For Our Lives. (Vuvanhahung/Flickr)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates for tougher gun control made their voices heard loud and clear this weekend when tens of thousands gathered across Minnesota as part of nationwide protests. The March For Our Lives has been spearheaded by young people sparked into action by February's shooting at

AR-15s were used in mass shootings in Newtown, San Bernardino, Las Vegas and Parkland. (Jonathan James/Flickr)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota legislative session is beginning with an emphasis on gun control. The mass shooting at a high school in Florida brought hundreds to the State Capitol for a rally on Tuesday, and another demonstration is planned for Thursday afternoon. The rally is set to follo

Some Minnesotans will take part in National Gun Violence Awareness Day to honor those who've died from gun violence. (Morguefile)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – As gun related violence rises in some parts of Minnesota, local gun control advocates are wearing orange today to bring awareness to the issue. Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and several groups, including Everytown for Gun Safety, are taking a cue from the hu

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