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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Criminal Justice

Administrators of a New York City pilot program, which allows ex-offenders to live in public housing with relatives, say the program is working. Credit:

NEW YORK - For years, public housing has been forbidden for many people with criminal records. But a two-year-old pilot program run by the New York City Housing Authority that allows ex-offenders to live in public housing with relatives is showing signs of progress. So far, none of the participant ...Read More

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's executive order automatically restores the voting rights of thousands of felons who have satisfied all terms of their sentences. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. - With two weeks left in office, Gov. Steve Beshear has done what Kentucky's Legislature has refused to do - give back the right to vote to former felons who have fulfilled their sentences. Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday automatically restoring voting rights of tens of tho ...Read More

A new system to track wrong-way drivers will be tested in Phoenix. Credit: Arizona Dept. of Transportation

PHOENIX – Interstate 17 in Phoenix is the deadliest stretch of road in Arizona when it comes to wrong-way crashes, with 26 deaths in the past decade. So, this week the Department of Transportation announced that's where it is going to test a new prototype system to track wrong-way drivers. Ar ...Read More

The wait for help for victims of dating violence in Kentucky is about over. New civil emergency protections begin Jan. 1. Credit Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – After years of trying, advocates for domestic violence victims convinced Kentucky lawmakers last winter to extend civil protections to dating couples. The new law, signed by the governor in April, takes effect Jan. 1. Under the old law, dating partners had to file criminal ...Read More

Youth imprisonment is down, but for many incarcerated black teens, not much has changed in Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The number of children being committed to prisons or other detention facilities has dropped by about 53 percent across the country. According to a recent look at federal data by the Pew Charitable Trust, Illinois saw the eighth largest drop in that number from 2001 to 201 ...Read More

Colorado immigrants' rights supporters are joining a national day of action today. Credit: rrodrickbeiler/iStockphoto.

DENVER - One year after President Obama issued an executive order known as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, parents of U.S.-citizen children still could face deportation. Colorado immigrants and supporters - along with thousands of others at rallies across the country today - ...Read More

There is bipartisan support for legislation in Wisconsin to return to treating 17-year-old non-violent, first-time offenders in Juvenile Court. Credit: Arva Csaba/iStockphoto

MADISON, Wis. - Seventeen-year-olds in Wisconsin may be getting second chances. In early December, there will be another hearing in the state Senate regarding legislation to reverse the 1996 law that says 17-year-old offenders must be charged in adult court. The proposed changes would allow 17-yea ...Read More

A new scam targeting holiday shoppers can deplete funds off gift cards the moment the card is activated. Credit: Tales of a Wandering Youkai/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – The holidays are a time of giving, but a new survey finds many Indiana residents are engaging in risky behavior that could compromise their personal information or bank account. According to a new survey from AARP, 70 percent of respondents failed a quiz about how to stay safe ...Read More

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