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PNS Daily Newscast - May 17, 2019 


West Coast immigrants' rights groups pan President Trump’s new immigration proposal as “elitist.” Also on the Friday rundown: Consumer advocates want stronger energy-efficiency standards. And we'll take you to a state that ranks near the bottom for senior mental health.

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Public News Service - FL: Criminal Justice

Access to sufficient feminine hygiene products isnít always guaranteed to women in Florida jails and prisons, but newly passed legislation could soon change that. (PatriciaMoraleda/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Incarcerated women could soon be guaranteed access to basic hygiene products, like pads and tampons, under a bill awaiting Gov. Ron DeSantis's signature. Growing complaints about the treatment of women behind bars has caught state lawmakers' attention and prompted passage

Children's advocates are calling for more investment in diversion programs, such as civil citations, that keep young people out of the juvenile justice system. (marcino/Pixabay)

TAMPA, Fla. – A major conference in Tampa is bringing experts together from across the country to address why kids involved in the juvenile justice system have high levels of behavioral health disorders. The 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Beha

Lake County, Fla., Sheriff Willis McCall and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee. The three were accused of rape in 1949, along with a fourth man. (State Archives of Florida)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nearly 70 years after being accused of raping a white woman, four African-American men were posthumously pardoned on Friday by the state of Florida, but the families say they'd like to see an exoneration, which would officially declare their innocence. The men known as th

Florida overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 4 on giving previously disenfranchised persons with felonies the opportunity to vote. (TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay)<br />

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A statewide listening tour is under way after more than 64 percent of Florida voters chose to restore voting rights to individuals with prior felonies. The passage of Amendment 4 returns full citizenship rights to 1.4 million ex-felons who have completed their sentences fo

Five states actively use Marsyís Law, while 35 have some form of victims' rights in their constitution.  (Geralt/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSE, Fla. – Among a number of amendments on Florida voters' 2018 ballots, is Amendment 6, also known as Marsy's Law. The amendment to the state's constitution is aimed at expanding the rights of crime victims during the legal process, and supporters say it creates equal footing with d

The new appointments to Florida's Supreme Court are likely to reshape the seven-member Court for years, if not decades. (Bruin79/Wikimedia Creative Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida is in the midst of its own Supreme Court nomination controversy, as terms for three of the seven justices expire around the same time a new governor will be sworn into office. Gov. Rick Scott is publicly claiming his right to find replacements for Justices Barbara

An economic study by the Washington Economics Group shows an increase in annual household income of $151 million for Florida residents if voters approve Amendment 4. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A new study says restoring the voting rights of former felons would provide a big boost to Florida's economy. The study by the Washington Economics Group examines the financial impact of the Voter Restoration Amendment, or Amendment 4, which will appear on the November ba

Civil rights leaders plan to march to mobilize Floridians to vote for Amendment 4 so that former felons will automatically have their civil and voting rights restored. (Chris Chitaroni/Twenty20)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Reverend Al Sharpton and other local and national church and civic leaders are expected to rally in Tallahassee Thursday, calling for the restoration of voting rights for ex-felons. The issue of felons' rights has long been controversial but in recent weeks a judge str

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