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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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Public News Service - WA: Gun Violence Prevention

The group Grandmothers Against Gun Violence is in Olympia a week after three shootings in Seattle. (Grandmothers Against Gun Violence)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Grandmothers are in Olympia today urging lawmakers to consider a spate of measures to reduce gun violence. The group Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, formed after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, is calling for the passage of bills that would ban the sale of high-capacity ammuniti

A 1996 federal law prohibits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using any of its funding to

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SEATTLE – Kaiser Permanente is investing in a largely underfunded field of research: gun violence prevention. The health-care company is dedicating $2 million to research care delivery and how doctors can be involved in stopping firearms injury and death. Dr. David Grossman, a senior researc

Teens in Tukwila, Wash., are getting a taste of leadership, meeting and speaking with elected officials. (Rachel Samanyi/Flickr)
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TUKWILA, Wash – A youth movement has emerged in the discussion about gun control. In Washington state, young people are making their voices heard, too. One program in particular is serving as a model for ways to get the next generation involved in local decision-making. Teens for Tukwila pro

Students walk out of Eastmont High School in Wenatchee on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., shooting. (Elli Delzer)

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WENATCHEE, Wash. — Students and other Washingtonians are gearing up to march for their lives this Saturday to protest gun violence. In the Evergreen State, at least 15 "March for Our Lives" protests are planned in solidarity with the largest march in Washington, D.C., where survivors of the

The campaign for Initiative 940 has gathered more than 300,000 signatures. (De-Escalate Washington)
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SEATTLE – Andre Taylor moved back to his hometown the day after he heard his younger brother, Che Taylor, a 46-year-old African-American man, had been shot and killed by two white Seattle police officers. Since that day in February 2016, Andre Taylor has been on a mission, becoming a leader

In Washington state, police officers killed 213 people between 2005 and 2014. (Tiffany Von Arnim/Flickr)

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SEATTLE – Critics say it is nearly impossible to charge a police officer who has used deadly force in the State of Washington, and the group Washington for Good Policing wants to change that. Its members are collecting signatures for Initiative 873, which would strike what they see as the mo

A Washington ballot initiative that would allow judges to temporarily suspend access to firearms to people deemed a threat to themselves or others gained 330,000 signatures, supporters say. (Alliance for Gun Responsibility)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sponsors of a measure that would allow judges to take guns away from people deemed a risk to themselves or others have turned in more than 330,000 signatures one day before the deadline in Washington state. Initiative 1491 would create "Extreme Risk Protection Orders," allowing fam

PHOTO: About 40 percent of the gun sales in Washington are private sales, without background checks, between individuals, online or at gun shows like the one in Texas pictured here. Only one of Washington's November ballot measures, I-594, would expand background checks. Photo credit: Glasgows/Wikimedia Commons.
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SEATTLE - Bullets aren't flying, but rhetoric is, as two ballot measures on gun-purchase background checks are defended by their respective supporters. A closer look at who's backing which initiative finds gun collectors, firearms instructors, and Tea Party groups on the side of I-591, for fewer bac

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