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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2018 


Senator Corker demands the Trump administration share intelligence on the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Friday rundown: groups sue over the Texas border wall plan; and the soggy summer in some states may lead to higher pumpkin prices for Halloween.

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Public News Service - FL: Criminal Justice

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

Marsy's Law establishes the right of victims of crime to be informed, to be present, and to be heard at all crucial criminal proceedings. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Supporters of a constitutional amendment that has been discussed for months are hopeful that the language surrounding the proposal will be easy for voters to understand. Marsy's Law, which would give crime victims more details about the judicial process, needs 60 percent

Florida officials asked a federal judge for more time to establish a new process for restoring felons' voting rights. (Democracy Chronicles/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal Wednesday with a federal judge who ruled Florida's current system for restoring voting rights to people after their release from prison is unconstitutional. Bondi told U.S. District Judge Mark Walker that she, Gov. Rick Scott and

Florida drivers now face a $60 fine and enhanced penalties if they're texting and an accident is involved. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida House overwhelmingly approved a measure on Thursday that would make texting behind the wheel a primary offense – but the measure was put in park in the Florida Senate. A top Senate Republican is blocking House Bill 33 from advancing, saying he's concerne

Studies show black youth are disproportionately affected by Florida's policies allowing the shifting of juveniles to adult court. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State representatives in the Florida House are pushing for House Bill 509, a law to prevent juveniles from being tried as adults. The bill would revise the factors that a court must consider before deciding whether a child will be sent to adult court, while also limiting t

Florida is one of four states that denies the right to vote to all people convicted of felonies until they petition the state to restore those rights. (Amanda Wood/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a surprise victory for voting rights advocates, a federal judge has ruled Florida's current system for restoring voting rights to people after their release from prison is unconstitutional. US District Judge Mark Walker said the process used by Florida's Board of Execu

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