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    PNS Daily News - April 27, 20150 


    The week beings with nonprofits and other aid groups scrambling to help survivors of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal; a “fetal homicide” bill raising concerns in Colorado; and guess which state’s governor is getting thanks from same sex couples.

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PHOTO: A so-called fetal homicide law cleared a Colorado Senate committee last week and will be heard on Monday by the full state Senate. Opponents say it could lead to the criminalization of pregnant women. Photo credit: Eric Galatas.

DENVER – A so-called fetal homicide bill that supporters say would help to protect pregnant women and their unborn babies cleared a Colorado Senate committee last week and will be heard by the full Senate today. Senate Bill 268 followed an attack on a woman in Longmont in which her eight-mont ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office investigated more than 1,300 identity theft-related complaints in 2014. Law enforcement leaders and AARP Indiana are hosting two fraud prevention forums in May to help residents avoid scams. Photo credit: EP Technology/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – Whether it's identity theft, insurance fraud or home repair scams – consumer watchdogs say con artists often target Indiana residents. In 2014, the state Attorney General’s office received more than 1,300 identity theft related complaints. Marion County Prosecutor ...Read More

PHOTO: It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and in Illinois, advocacy organizations are working to ensure crime victims understand their rights and protections, and can access services to help their recovery. Photo credit: Nina H/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and victims' advocates say just as the accused have rights in the criminal justice system, crime victims should as well. Crime victims should be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, and they deserve rights pertaining to representa ...Read More

PHOTO: Two laws on child sex trafficking have cleared the state Legislature, but millions of young people remain at risk in an industry that generates $9.8 billion annually. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the average age of victims recruited into prostitution is 12 years old. Photo credit: James Revgot/Flickr Commons.

DENVER - A law that would update how Colorado handles child sex trafficking passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, but victims won't see any changes until 2016, if at all. House Bill 1019 would have brought Colorado in line with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a federal law ...Read More

PHOTO: People convicted of a felony would be able to vote immediately upon their release from prison or jail under a bill to be debated today in the Minnesota Senate. Photo credit: Vox Efx/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Debate is expected today in the Minnesota Senate on a bill that includes a proposal to allow people convicted of felonies to vote immediately upon their release from jail or prison. Currently, those convicted of a felony are unable to vote until they're no longer on parole, ...Read More

PHOTO: It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and in Ohio advocacy organizations are working to ensure that crime victims understand their rights and protections, and can access services to help their recovery. Photo credit: dodgertonskillhause/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Crime has been declining in Ohio and around the nation for decades, but the impact on a victim's life remains the same. It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and Terri LaJeunesse, president of the Ohio Victim Witness Association, said it's important that the victims of crime ar ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan is one of the only states in the nation to have a female director of its police agency, and is currently seeking more women to join the ranks of the MSP. Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.

TROY, Mich. - They've found "a few good women," as the saying goes – and Michigan State Police (MSP) say they're looking for even more as they continue to work to increase the number of women and people of color in their ranks. Trooper Marjorie Richardson has been with the MSP for 26 years, a ...Read More

PHOTO: State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) will once again introduce legislation to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use in Wisconsin, saying the most dangerous thing about marijuana is that it remains illegal in Wisconsin. Photo credit: Dylan Brogan

MADISON, Wis. – To state Rep. Melissa Sargent, a Madison Democrat, the numbers tell the story when it comes to legalizing marijuana use in Wisconsin. Each time a police officer makes a stop for marijuana possession, it costs taxpayers on average $425, and there are far more arrests for marij ...Read More

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