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PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - ID: Criminal Justice

Protesters against racism and police brutality have gathered in cities across Idaho since George Floyd's death. (vivalapenler/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho - The call to defund police departments has become a rallying cry across the nation in the wake of George Floyd's death. Leaders in Idaho, from the governor to Boise Mayor Lauren McLean, have rejected this demand. But Adrienne Evans, executive director of United Vision for Idaho, says

Thirty-five states ban employers from asking job-seekers about their criminal records on applications. (thanksforbuying/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- People with criminal records often struggle to find work after they're released from prison. But now Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill that could make it easier for them. The Fair Chance Employment Act would bar employers from excluding people with records, delaying criminal

Children's advocates want 2020 to be the year Idaho lawmakers end religious groups' exemptions from prosecution in cases of medical neglect of children. (Miguel/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Experts and children's advocates are in Boise this week to discuss a religious exemption that protects faith-healing groups from prosecution when a child dies without receiving medical treatment. The years-long battle over the exemption again will be in front of Idaho lawmakers. Acc

Critics say computer programs that perform risk assessments on defendants in criminal cases aren't blind and actually contain racial bias. (pixel2013/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Critics of computer algorithms that predict someone's risk of committing a crime say they're tinged with racial bias. A bipartisan measure in the Idaho Legislature aims to make the algorithms transparent and ban those that show bias. Civil rights groups, including the ACLU

The Boise Bicycle Project continues to provide Treasure Valley kids with bikes after its annual giveaway in December. (Boise Bicycle Project)

BOISE, Idaho — For the Boise Bicycle Project, strong communities are pedal-powered. The group is coming off its annual "holiday kids bike giveaway," setting a personal record this year by giving away more than 550 bikes to Idahoans in the Treasure Valley. But the project doesn't end there. B

State officials estimate Idaho's prison population will reach 10,000 by 2022. (jodylehigh/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – A $500-million-dollar prison expansion proposal is likely heading to the Idaho Legislature next year. What else could the state do to curb its skyrocketing prison population? One state lawmaker says the Gem State needs to address this issue before Idahoans end up behind bars

People gathered at Boise City Hall on Monday to honor the victims of the mass stabbing. (DieselDemon/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The community is showing up in support of the victims of a horrific mass stabbing in Boise that left one three-year-old girl dead. The knife attack happened on Saturday at the Wylie Street Station Apartments, which is home to many refugees. The Boise Police Department says the

Law enforcement groups say a new trespassing bill, currently on Gov. Butch Otter's desk, will be hard to enforce. (Aperature Armadillo/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Law-enforcement and sporting groups are urging Gov. Butch Otter to veto a bill toughening trespassing penalties that passed the state Legislature last week. House Bill 658 would increase penalties for the crime and make multiple violations a felony. It also requires landowners

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