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    PNS Daily News - May 26, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; several U.S. senators want more funding for Amtrak following the derailment near Philadelphia that killed eight people; in California, Oakland City Council considers enacting far reaching privacy rules; and a report on an Ag Gag bill in North Carolina.

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PHOTO: Unqualified doctors, inadequate medical leadership and a lack of sanitary medical facilities are among the problems a report finds are occurring at facilities within the Illinois Department of Corrections. Photo credit: Tim Pearce/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A report filed in federal court uncovers sweeping problems at Illinois Department of Corrections facilities impacting the health of prisoners. The report was completed as part of a lawsuit challenging the adequacy of medical care in prisons. Ed Yohnka, director of communicatio ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The ACLU of North Carolina is releasing a mobile app to help citizens document interactions with police as they occur. Graphic courtesy: S. Carson.

DURHAM, N.C. - At a time when the manner in which police engage with citizens is being questioned and re-evaluated, North Carolinians can now use their smartphones to record and report interactions with law enforcement. A new app called Mobile Justice N.C. records videos and immediately transmits f ...Read More

PHOTO: As Texas legislators consider a series of proposals that would change how young people fit into the justice system, a new report suggests the state should capitalize on recent progress made in juvenile justice reform. Photo credit: WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has unfinished business in juvenile justice reform, according to a new report from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. The report was released as lawmakers consider bills that would expand independent oversight of juvenile facilities (HB 3277), increase support for local p ...Read More

PHOTO: Investigators at the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit track cyber scams, as a new AARP survey shows many Washingtonians still aren't doing enough to protect themselves from being hacked. Photo courtesy of AARP Washington.

SEATTLE - Cyber-criminals are one step ahead of many Washingtonians, if the results of a new AARP survey are any indication. Almost half of those surveyed didn't pass an eight-question test about how to keep their personal information secure online. About one in four said they've recently done thei ...Read More

PHOTO: Four Indiana law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2014 will be honored at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

INDIANAPOLIS - This week marks National Police Week, and four fallen police officers from Indiana are among the dozens nationally whose sacrifice and service is being honored. The engraved names of Jeffrey Brady Westerfield of Gary, Perry Wayne Renn of Indianapolis, Nickolaus Edward Schultz of Merr ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota is looking to do more to help an especially vulnerable population of children and babies born to incarcerated mothers. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - They are among the babies who face the biggest hurdles to healthy and successful lives, but more help may soon be on the way with added support for those Minnesota mothers giving birth behind bars. Last year Minnesota passed its first ever law that implemented standards of safety ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Pennsylvania says a settlement in a class action suit it helped bring should mean the hiring of more minority police officers in Pittsburgh, ease somewhat strained relations in the city and prevent problems such as those seen recently in Baltimore. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia/VOA.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new agreement on Pittsburgh police hiring is designed to mean more minority officers - and the Pennsylvania ACLU says that should ease the chance of future conflicts. Plaintiffs and the city have settled a class action suit over charges that the selection process was biased agai ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Colorado will defend two African-American men the civil rights organization says were victims of racially biased policing during a traffic stop in Colorado Springs. The passenger, who shot video of the incident, is being charged with interfering with official police duties. Photo credit: Matty Ring/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The ACLU of Colorado announced Tuesday that it will represent two African-American men who were pulled over, removed from their vehicle, handcuffed, searched and detained at gunpoint by Colorado Springs police over a cracked windshield. As his brother was being removed from the car, Ryan B ...Read More

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