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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - CA: Criminal Justice

Among the facilities set to close is the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton, CA. (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice)

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STOCKTON, Calif. -- California is putting the final touches on longstanding plans to close the state's juvenile prisons and start serving all justice-involved youth at the county level. The last three state juvenile facilities, two in Stockton and one in Ventura, will stop accepting new youths on J

In 2019, California legislators passed a bill allowing law enforcement use of deadly force

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California civil-rights groups say they were relieved to hear the three guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial on Tuesday, and they're vowing to continue the fight for racial justice. The jury in Minneapolis convicted former police officer Chauvin on all counts for killing

California's eugenics program is believed to have sterilized 20,000 women behind bars between 1909 and 1979. (Kconnors/Morguefile)

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By Ray Levy Ureda for Yes! Media. Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service Collaboration SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kelli Dillon was only 24 when a surgeon at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla decided that she w

Multiple bills address the recommendations of an advisory committee formed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to examine racial equity in California's criminal-justice system. (Public Domain Pictures/Pixabay)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Today is the last day for bills to be introduced in Sacramento - and supporters of criminal-sentencing reform have filed nine proposals, all intended to make the system more just for people of all races. The bills would follow through on recommendations made in a new report fr

Video from the advocacy group Compassion and Choices on medical aid-in-dying legislation in California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new bill would make California's aid-in-dying law accessible to more people. Senate Bill 380, introduced on Wednesday, would remove the ten-year sunset clause from the 2015 End-of Life Option Act. State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman - D-Stockton - a coauthor of the bill, sa

Criminals and rogue nations launder trillions of dollars each year through anonymous shell companies worldwide, many based in the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Singapore and even the United States. (Heidi B./Pixabay)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The most sweeping anti-money-laundering reform in decades could die this week, depending on whether the U.S. Senate is able to override President Donald Trump's veto of the defense spending bill. The Corporate Transparency Act, part of the larger National Defense Authorization

The carcass of the rufous hummingbird is stuffed and sold as an amulet or love charm. It's one species on a new list of illegally trafficked wildlife. (Avia 5/Pixabay)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new report calls for a crackdown on the booming illegal wildlife trade - activity that's been linked most recently to the spread of COVID-19. The Endangered Species Coalition's 2020 top 10 list of trafficked animals includes the pangolin, a mammal sold at the live-animal ma

Proposition 25 would eliminate cash bail in California. (whatimeantosay/Morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In two weeks, Californians will decide on three criminal-justice reform ballot measures. Proposition 25 would repeal the current system of cash bail. Instead people would be released while awaiting trial for certain low-level crimes. For mid-level crimes, a judge would use an

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