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PNS Daily Newscast - April 23, 2018 


The Waffle House shooter had an earlier weapons arrest near the White House. Also on our Monday rundown: new eviction data underscores America’s affordable-housing crisis; plus we will take you to a state where one county is putting juvenile justice under public health.

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Public News Service - WI: Criminal Justice

Holiday partygoers can avoid a very expensive drive home by availing themselves of a wide array of alternative transportation options offered in Wisconsin. (Gilman Halsted, Wisconsin State Patrol)

MADISON, Wis. – From now through New Year's Day, holiday parties can present the temptation to drive after you've done too much celebrating. Again this year, the Wisconsin State Patrol is running its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Law enforcement presence will be beefed up from n

Wisconsin's adult prison system is so far over capacity that cells are now being double and triple-filled. A state legislator says this is causing huge problems and is suggesting big changes. (Wikimedia Commons)

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin sends more people to prison than any neighboring state and twice as many as Minnesota. The cost of keeping one person in prison in Wisconsin for one year, according to the state Department of Corrections, is close to $30,000. Wisconsin's adult prison system is designe

A new program from AARP Wisconsin aims to change the attitudes of policymakers about the contributions of senior citizens. (JBryson/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Spend a little now – save a lot later. That's the essence of AARP Wisconsin’s Silver Dividend campaign, which aims to maximize the number of older Wisconsinites who can continue to live in their own homes and communities, with reduced reliance on government progra

Wisconsin is one of the few states that allow children to be kept in solitary confinement for long stretches of time. (3dmentat/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin is one of few states that still allows children in state juvenile-corrections facilities to be put into solitary confinement, and a federal lawsuit challenges that practice as cruel and unusual punishment. A similar suit brought in Illinois a few years ago resulted in

A new law regarding cell-phone use on Wisconsin roads goes into effect October first. (Natalia Belatelova/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. - Every day in the United States, eight people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured by crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wisconsin is one of 46 states that have laws against texting while driving, but a new law tha

A Wisconsin criminal-defense attorney says the state's approach to juvenile justice needs change. (lilly3/iStockPhoto)

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - The Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" drew national attention to the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. Steven Avery was convicted of the murder, and Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was 16 at the time, was tried and convicted in adult court of helping Avery commit the

On the state's largest university campus, police have strong feelings about whether students should be allowed to carry guns. (Ahlapot/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Five years ago, Wisconsin passed a law with a provision that colleges and universities must allow concealed carry on campus. But another provision to the law says guns can be banned from campus buildings if signs stating that guns are prohibited are posted at every entrance.

The Wisconsin legislature has granted immunity to too many businesses in the past few years, according to a trial lawyer. (WI Assembly)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Immunity is a "get out of jail free" card, says Stevens Point trial attorney Russ Golla, who believes the state legislature has given out far too many, nearly 40, to businesses and industries in recent years. He says immunity means even if wrongdoers were clearly careless an

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