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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - CA: Criminal Justice

California and other states with strict gun laws are watching a Texas court hearing intently, as the developer of online,

AUSTIN, Texas – The age of the downloadable gun may be upon us, as a Texas federal judge weighs whether to stop the online posting of blueprints to make untraceable firearms. Gun-violence prevention groups asked for an injunction at a last-ditch hearing yesterday. The Trump administration re

Statistics show that children of color are much more likely to be referred for prosecution compared with their white peers. (Youth Justice Coalition)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Juvenile-justice groups are planning to pack a public hearing today in Sacramento - to support a bill that would ban criminal prosecution of children under 12 unless they're charged with murder or rape. Senate Bill 439 will be considered by the Assembly Public Safety Com

Statistics show that county juvenile facilities in California are only at 40 percent capacity, and that drop in population has coincided with falling crime rates. (L.A. Youth Justice Coalition)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new report says the current juvenile probation system just doesn't work - and should be revamped to focus on helping kids rather than punishing them and making them comply with complex rules. The study explored ways of effectively modernizing probation for young people

Immigrants rights groups say California is correct to refuse to aid in federal immigration enforcement, saying cooperation would alienate many undocumented residents.(Tobias Muller/Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary state laws is drawing withering criticism from lawmakers and groups that support immigrant rights. Sessions argues California is violating the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution,

AARP Video on Romance Scams

LOS ANGELES – Valentine's Day may be past us this year, but people looking for love online in the United States and Canada have lost more than $1 billion in the past three years – with the number of complaints rising annually, according to a new report from the Better Business Bureau.

Gun safety groups say they're turning to the courts after Congress has failed to respond to an epidemic of mass shootings. (Ultra1s/iStockphoto)

SAN FRANCISCO – The City of San Francisco has joined New York City and Philadelphia in a lawsuit to force the Defense Department to improve its system for reporting military service members with disqualifying convictions or dishonorable discharges to the FBI's firearms background-check system.

A recent survey says 16 percent of veterans have fallen victim to fraud, compared to 8 percent of non-veterans. (Taliesin/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Scams targeting veterans are on the increase, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, so postal inspectors are teaming up with AARP's Fraud Watch Network in a new campaign called "Operation Protect Veterans." Researchers surveyed vets and found that 80 percent

Before Sacramento County repealed its fees, the average juvenile probation case could generate $5,640 in fees, according to a new report. (JDAI AZ)

BERKELEY, Calif. – A new report finds that some California families are losing their homes and being driven into bankruptcy by the fees counties charge when kids get arrested - fees that nonetheless generate little to no profit for taxpayers. Researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Law fo

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