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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 


Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 


Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - IN: Criminal Justice

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

Research shows victims of human trafficking don't always look the way Hollywood portrays them, which makes it harder to spot this crime or its perpetrators. (Michael Carter)<br /><br /><br /><br />

INDIANAPOLIS – As its first year draws to an end, the Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program is crunching numbers to determine what needs more focus in 2017. Robin Donaldson, CEO of the Indiana Youth Services Association, says her organization worked with 168 young people who have bee

Nine Indiana counties are participating in a pilot program to reduce or eliminate bail for people who aren't considered a flight or safety risk. (in.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – While advocates are calling for reforms in the criminal justice system across the nation, Indiana is taking some steps in that direction. The Indiana Supreme Court recently approved reforms to the state's bail system, including the prompt release of those arrested that don't

Advocates say a lawsuit about prisoner treatment in Indiana has improved conditions behind bars. (whitehouse.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – From 80,000 to 100,000 inmates currently are segregated in prison cells nationwide for 22 to 24 hours a day, and many of them have mental illnesses that begin with isolation, or they have symptoms that are heightened because of it. A report put out this month by Amplifying Voice

Research says making it easier for workers to get by isn't the only reason to increase wages. It would also work to fight crime. (The All-Nite Images/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS – Over the weekend, workers calling for a $15 hourly minimum wage held a national march and rally in Virginia – and research is showing a higher wage could have benefits that reach far beyond families' monthly budgets. The idea that increasing the minimum wage can reduce c

One of the signs to look for to spot young victims of sex trafficking is depression. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – Child protection advocates say some children in Indiana are being used as currency by sex traffickers, and also by their own parents. Like many crimes, juvenile sex trafficking often is connected to a heroin, methamphetamine or other addiction, and the Indiana Youth Institute

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

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