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    PNS Daily News - September 4, 20150 

    Our news today includes a report on the drive for criminal charges against car company executives; a new ranking on where to go for jobs in clean energy; and why the millennial generation may need some confidence boosting.

Criminal Justice

A campaign by New York state and local law enforcement officials targets impaired drivers for the Labor Day weekend. Credit: Earl Estrera/

NEW YORK - State and local police departments in New York are cracking down on impaired drivers for the Labor Day weekend. "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is part of a national effort to reduce accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Richard Mallow is executive direct ...Read More

A new Texas law goes into effect this week guaranteeing county jail inmates at least two 20-minute in-person visits per week. Credit: Montian Noowong.

AUSTIN, Texas – A new law passed by the Texas State Legislature last session goes into effect this week, assuring county jail inmates of at least two 20-minute in-person visits per week. The legislation was introduced in response to a growing trend of replacing face-to-face visitation with vi ...Read More

A fatal shooting in San Antonio is shining new light on the debate over whether law-enforcement officers should use body cameras. Credit: Avid Creative, Inc.

SAN ANTONIO - A video released Monday by an ABC affiliate in San Antonio shows Bexar County Sheriff's Deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez fatally shooting Gilbert Flores. In the video, Flores stands still - and at a distance from the officers with his hands raised - the moment the deputies open ...Read More

A settlement agreement announced Tuesday ends long-term, indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons. Credit: markrhiggins/iStock

Up to 2,000 people in solitary confinement will be re-evaluated for release into California's maximum-security general prison population over the next year - the result of a landmark legal settlement announced Tuesday. A group serving time in the Pelican Bay Secure Housing Unit, some of whom had be ...Read More

A Mercy for Animals investigation found chickens at a Dukedom, Tennessee, farm were bred to grow so quickly they became crippled under their own weight. Credit: Mercy for Animals.

DUKEDOM, Tenn. – A Tennessee chicken farm has lost its contract to provide chickens for McDonald's through Tyson Foods, after the chicken supplier announced it was terminating its contract with the farmer. Late last week, the animal rights group Mercy for Animals released the results of an un ...Read More

The death penalty's constitutionality is being argued in a California courtroom today. Credit: davidhills/iStock.

PASADENA, Calif. – The death penalty itself is on trial today in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court in Pasadena. California's attorney general is appealing last year's ruling that declared the state's system of capital punishment unconstitutional. The federal judge in that case said the extensiv ...Read More

Tina Manns is retiring after 23 years helping domestic violence victims. Credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An institution in West Virginia domestic violence prevention is on her way to retiring. After nearly 25 years, Tina Manns is cutting her hours as Boone County Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program. In countless cases, the diminutive, white-haired 8 ...Read More

Clean-government advocates are protesting a bill circulating at the state Capitol. Credit: Anita Burgemeister, Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, Wis. - Late last week, a state Assembly committee advanced a bill that would prevent prosecutors from investigating politicians using a John Doe probe. The legislation could be taken up by the full Legislature this fall. Opponents of the bill, including Jay Heck, executive director of Comm ...Read More

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