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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.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


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 - TN: Gun Violence Prevention

In 2017, Tennessee had the 11th highest gun death rate in the country, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As talk of federal gun-control legislation continues in the weeks following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that claimed a total of 31 lives, some Tennessee lawmakers are pushing for what they call "common-sense" gun laws. Democratic representative and

Tennessee doesn't require background checks for private sale of firearms and receives a failing grade from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (Peretz Partensky/flickr)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the nation mourns the lives lost and injuries suffered from the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, questions are emerging about how to prevent future incidents. A national report card from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence indicates Tennessee isn

One noted attorney says it would be possible for the family of Jocques Clemmons to pursue a civil penalty in connection to his death. (Brandon Anderson/Flickr)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There will be no criminal charges against the white police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black Nashville man, but one noted attorney says a civil lawsuit is possible. Jocques Clemmons, 31, was shot in February after a traffic stop. Subodh Chandra was the Cl

Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation that would expand places where people holding gun permits can carry their weapons. (Kimberly Young)

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Tennessee lawmakers are pushing ahead with bills HB1083 and SB0647, that would expand places where gun-permit holders can carry their weapons to include schools and state or local government buildings. While supporters of the legislation say it would improve the ability

Full-time employees of Tennessee public colleges and universities now will be able to register with their school to carry a gun on campus if they already have proper permitting. (Morguefile.com)

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- As the subject of gun laws takes center stage in the wake of the Orlando massacre, Tennessee college campus police are beginning to process registrations for employees who wish to carry guns while at work. The law allowing for full-time employees to carry guns on campus takes ef

Antioch, Tennessee has become the latest American community to have a gun incident inside of a movie theater. Photo credit: Michal Zacharzewski/Morguefile.

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Details of the nation's latest theater shooting continue to unfold, and the debate about gun violence continues. On Wednesday a man armed with a gun and hatchet was killed after witnesses say he exchanged fire with law enforcement and sprayed three people with a chemical irri

Festivals from Memphis to Bristol are now evaluating the Guns in Parks law, passed by state lawmakers earlier this year, and how it could impact their event. Photo credit: John B. Holden/Morguefile.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Under a law passed earlier this year, people with a concealed-carry permit can take a gun inside a private concert or event, even if event organizers wish to prohibit firearms. That's the conclusion of Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, who issued the opinion at the

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"Please Don't Shoot" - that's the message from activists gathering in downtown Oakland and in cities across the country to protest the shooting death of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passenger. The rally at Oakland City Hall today is part of a national day of non-violent protests over the New Year

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