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PNS Daily Newscast - June 2, 2020 


President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - IN: Criminal Justice

Domestic violence calls in Indianapolis rose from about 73 calls a day before the stay-at-home order to 86 per day. (AdobeStock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- The governor's stay at home order has dramatically changed the daily life of many Hoosiers, and it also could be behind recent shifts in crime patterns. Researchers at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs e

In Indiana, possession of one ounce of marijuana or less carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000. (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS - Some Indiana lawmakers are continuing their push to relax the state's marijuana laws. At a news conference yesterday, Senate Democratic Chair Karen Tallian of Ogden Dunes promoted Senate Bill 114, which would decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana - an amount t

Capital punishment isn't being carried out in some states even though they have the death penalty on the books, according to a new report. (Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Despite President Donald Trump's efforts this summer to resurrect federal executions, support for the death penalty is at a 47-year low, according to a new year-end report. Robert Dunham is executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, which released the report. He sa

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

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