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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - KY: Civil Rights

PHOTO:  Kentucky lawmaker files a bill to abolish the death penalty and make life in prison without parole the maximum sentence.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky is one of nine states in which legislation to abolish the death penalty may go before lawmakers this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The sponsor of legislation to abolish capital punishment in Kentucky says he is "pretty positive" he can get a hea

PHOTO:  Governor urged to not sign death warrants.  Photo courtesy of Ky. Dept. of Corrections

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Thousands of postcards are on the way to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, urging him to "back away" from the death penalty. The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has been collecting handwritten messages since June. Coalition coordinator Kaye Gallagher says a bulk d

PHOTO: The death penalty would cease to exist in the state, if lawmakers follow the recommendation of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has passed a resolution urging ending the use of the death penalty and is calling on the General Assembly to repeal the state law that allows capital punishment. Commission Executive Director John Johnson calls it a "logical move" for the pa

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky death penalty opponents say the repeal of capital punishment taking shape in Connecticut reinforces their position that it should be abolished here. The Rev. Patrick Delahanty, who chairs the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, says lawmakers and others prev

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ten years, three months and eight days: that was the amount of time a Pennsylvania man spent behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. Ray Krone spent nearly a third of that time on death row, convicted of the 1991 murder of a female bartender in Phoenix, until DNA tests proved his

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two University of Louisville sociologists say justifications for the death penalty are relying less on traditional arguments of crime deterrence, perceived cost-savings and public safety – and more on the notions of serving justice and offering closure to the victim's s

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Supreme court has refused to lift a temporary ban on all executions until a lower court judge can decide whether Kentucky's lethal-injection procedures meet necessary standards. The five-to-two decision by the state's high court to continue to halt all executions stems

FRANKFORT, Ky. - With few days left in this year's legislative session, domestic violence advocates believe there's enough time for lawmakers to expand Kentucky's protective order laws to include dating partners. 24-year-old Meghan Wright, a five-year survivor of date rape, speaks often about colleg

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