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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.


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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 - FL: Criminal Justice

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

Florida's House Bill 9 would require that police honor all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold undocumented immigrants, even though federal judges have ruled that such holds are unconstitutional. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In this first week of the 2018 legislative session, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says his chamber will pass a bill to keep communities safe from what he sees as dangerous sanctuary cities. But immigrants' advocates say the real danger is Corcoran stirring the pot. Co

House Bill 903 authorizes persons suffering from legal disability due to criminal conviction to apply for relief to get their rights restored. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is one of four states in the nation that does not restore felons' rights after they've paid their dues. But a bill in the Florida Legislature could change that. The bipartisan bill would make it easier for felons to win back their rights to vote and own guns. State Rep.

Itís been more than 18 months since Florida conducted an execution. (Calif. Dept. of Corrections/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time in state history, Florida is scheduled to execute a white man for killing a black person. Mark James Asay's death warrant schedules his execution for six o-clock this evening. Asay was convicted by a jury for two racially-motivated and premeditated murd

Keeping troubled kids in their community is credited for the success of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which began in Florida. (Joanna Malinowska/Freestock)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — What began as an effort to revamp the approach to juvenile detention in one Florida county has spread to hundreds of sites across the country, and has led to widespread reform. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative launched in 1987 in

State lawmakers will begin addressing challenges to Florida's death-penalty law this week. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The future of capital punishment in Florida is in question after a series of puzzling rulings from the state's highest court - and some believe it's time to do away with the death penalty altogether. In December, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that nearly 200 death row inmate

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