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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - IN: Criminal Justice

A new report documents the efforts by families to change the juvenile justice system. (Citizens for Prison Reform)

INDIANAPOLIS - About 54,000 children are incarcerated in the U.S., which means their families will be spending this Mother's Day weekend without them, or visiting them wherever they're locked up. Many of those moms are now fighting to end mass incarceration of young people and to make sure when te

The man whose story was told in the movie

INDIANAPOLIS - It can take a crook to catch a crook. Frank W. Abagnale, whose unlawful exploits were portrayed in the film "Catch Me If You Can," knows all about scamming. From ages 16 to 21, Abagnale posed as airline pilot, physician and attorney, pocketing millions of dollars in bogus cash. After

Those fighting to stop human trafficking say everyone needs to learn to spot the signs that a young person has fallen victim to the crime. (fbi.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Human trafficking was put into the spotlight in Indiana during the Super Bowl of 2012 in Indianapolis when dozens of prostitutes were arrested and many told police they'd been forced into it. State Rep. Wendy McNamara says it opened a lot of eyes because many, herself included

Indiana has close to 6,000 people in prison who are considered to have serious mental illnesses. (sakhorn38/iStockphoto)

INDIANAPOLIS - Except in a few, exceptional circumstances, people with mental illnesses in Indiana prisons will no longer be placed in solitary confinement. The ACLU sued the state in 2008 on behalf of three prisoners it said had little or no access to treatment in "solitary." In 2012, a federal ju

More than one-third of Indiana's counties are now participating in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which gives judges more choice in sentencing young people. (Cynthia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David calls the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative the "greatest reform" he's ever seen and now, one-third of Indiana's counties are participating. The Annie E. Casey Foundation model is based on the assumption that sometimes, a young per

Thousands of Hoosiers aren't getting enough to eat because they can't qualify for SNAP benefits.

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana lawmakers are tackling a couple of bills this short legislative session that have to do with the access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana's Hungry, says there are thousands of Hoosiers without enou

Empty houses are a target for thieves, and packages left sitting on porches are a sure sign nobody's home. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - While Hoosiers are busy making last-minute preparations to hit the road to visit friends and families for the holidays, it's important they not forget to "Grinch-proof" their homes. It's also the busiest time of the year for thieves, so don't let them know you won't be at home, said

A new scam targeting holiday shoppers can deplete funds off gift cards the moment the card is activated. Credit: Tales of a Wandering Youkai/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – The holidays are a time of giving, but a new survey finds many Indiana residents are engaging in risky behavior that could compromise their personal information or bank account. According to a new survey from AARP, 70 percent of respondents failed a quiz about how to stay safe

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