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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 - IN: Criminal Justice

Senate Bill 12 would give Indiana courts discretion in deciding if bias-crime charges are warranted. (QuinceMedia/Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS – New research examines the complexities of crafting effective hate-crimes legislation. Senate Bill 12 in Indiana, now in the hands of a House committee, would allow a court to consider bias in imposing a criminal sentence. After examining data on bias-motivated homicides in the

Stay safe while traveling by being aware of your surroundings. (fbi.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – The weather has gotten warmer and many people are going on vacation, short road trips to nearby cities, or to visit state or national parks and wilderness areas. Safety experts have some advice, especially when going off on your own – be aware of your surroundings at all

Nearly 60 percent of 911 calls in Indiana center around mental-health or drug issues. (fema.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Emergency responders in Indiana and across the country are being called out for mental-health issues or drug overdoses more often than not. As part of a pilot project called Mobile Crisis Assistance Team, behavioral health specialists were sent out with paramedics and firefigh

About 286,000 Hoosiers say they have engaged in non-medical use of opioid pain relievers. (cdc.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Now that President Donald Trump has declared the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency, those working the front lines want to see an actual increase in funding. Last week the president promised to loosen regulations and increase flexibility on funding for states. H

Indiana is one of five states without hate-crime laws in place. (in.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – The push to get hate-crime laws on the books in Indiana has been vigorously renewed because of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly. A 32-year-old woman died when a car plowed into a crowd of people, and two state troopers were killed wh

A move to reform the juvenile justice system by offering alternatives other than juvenile detention is now in its 25th year. (aecf.org)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Young people in trouble with the law in Indiana have benefited from an updated approach to juvenile justice. It's the 25th anniversary of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. Indiana was one of the first states to embrace it, and state Supreme

Indiana's Supreme Court justices will hear the concerns and suggestions of Hoosiers about race and gender bias in a series of discussions open to the public. (in.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Immigration issues, and accusations of race and gender bias, continue to be in the spotlight across the country. A series of forums to address those topics is being held around Indiana in the next few weeks, with the goal of gathering feedback for the state Supreme Court. Peopl

Lawmakers in Indiana have introduced several bills to legalize medicinal marijuana. (fbi.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS -- There's been a sudden flurry of legislation in Indiana to reform the state's marijuana laws. State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, has introduced a marijuana bill for the seventh straight year. Senate Bill 255 would create an an agency to work out details for allowing the use of med

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