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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - KY: Criminal Justice

As COVID-19 spread last year, prison facilities across the country suspended visits, not only from family members, but from attorneys. (Adobe Stock)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky families soon will be able to visit loved ones in some prison facilities. Gov. Andy Beshear said prison visitations and regular programs and activities may resume the week of June 20. The new policy applies only to prisons run by the departments of Corrections and Juvenil

Mass protests erupted last summer over the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In what's being described as a landmark verdict this week, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder for the 2020 killing of George Floyd. Kate Miller, advocacy director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky sees

Despite a national decline in youth complaints (or arrests) over the last several years, in 2019 more than 36,000 children between the ages of 10 and 12 were arrested, according to the National Juvenile Justice Network. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky kids as young as five or six can legally end up in juvenile court because the state currently lacks a minimum age threshold, but new legislation would ban kids 12 and younger from being tried before a judge and prioritize community-based, age-appropriate solutions. More

As of 2020, it's estimated nationally more than five million people cannot vote due to a prior felony conviction. (Adobe Stock)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- State lawmakers are considering bills to restore rights for people with felonies in their past, as well as expand polling hours, vote-by-mail options and same-day registration. A virtual event Thursday by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) aims to keep people informed about

In 2020, the Historical Horse Racing slot machines brought in $189 million in gross commissions for the industry, but only $15 million ended up in Kentucky's General Fund. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - State lawmakers will soon decide the fate of historical horse racing in the Commonwealth - and some experts say if this type of slot-machine gambling becomes legal, it should be taxed at a higher rate. Historical horse racing allows players to place bets on the results of thousands

About 46% of children in Kentucky live in low-income households, and more than 20% live in poverty. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Young people and their advocates are participating in a weeklong series of virtual events urging Kentucky lawmakers to prioritize kids' safety, health, education and economic well-being in this year's legislative session. The events are part of Kentucky Youth Advocates' Children's

Since the mid-1980s, Kentucky's prison population has increased by 168%. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky's felony theft threshold has remained unchanged for more than a decade, and critics say it's contributing to a rise in incarceration and prison overcrowding. The dollar amount of property damage or theft often determines whether a person is charged with a felony. For deca

Supporters built a memorial in downtown Louisville, Ky. for Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police during a no-knock raid in March 2020. (Wikimedia Commons).

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- After the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police, some states have moved to ban no-knock search warrants, and Kentucky could soon do the same. This month, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Breonna's Law into effect. Pennsylvania and Tennessee are considering similar move

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