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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2019 


Speaker Pelosi sends a message to Trump – No State of the Union in Congress while shutdown continues. Also on the Thursday rundown: federal employees in Michigan to rally against the shutdown. Plus a Green New Deal in New York raises the bar for clean energy.

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Public News Service - KY: Criminal Justice

In 2018, 25 people were executed in the United States, a record low for the fourth year in a row.<br />(PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill that would end capital punishment is among the first items of business for Kentucky lawmakers who began their new session on Tuesday. House Bill 115 was introduced by Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Nelson. Aaron Bentley, who chairs the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, c

Eileen Rektenwald, who heads the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, speaks at The Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference in Lexington. (KCADV)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky advocates for sexual and domestic assault survivors are gathering in Lexington to reflect on their successes of the year, and examine what's needed in the future. The three-day Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference wraps up today with special awards

There are at least 30 people on death row at the Kentucky State Penitentiary. (Midnight Believer/Flickr)

HAZARD, Ky. — Convicted of a crime he didn't commit, Gary Drinkard spent six years on death row before the truth was revealed. And today, he's in Kentucky to talk about his experience. Drinkard was sentenced to the death for a 1993 Alabama murder, and was eventually exonerated due to prosecu

A Kentucky state senator says prisons are ill-equipped to handle the recent rise in the female population. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Kentucky lawmaker is hopeful that a bill that would help improve outcomes for women in prison soon will be approved by the House. Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, co-sponsored Senate Bill 133, which she said would address unfavorable conditions for women in prison, including

Kentucky has the second-highest rate of children who have a parent serving time. (Daniel Vanderkin/Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Growing up with a mom or dad behind bars is a reality for almost 33,000 kids in Kentucky, and a report released today examines ways to reduce the impacts of parental incarceration on these children. An issue brief from Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Blueprint for Kentucky'

Leaders in the fight against Kentucky's escalating opioid crisis gather in Lexington to talk solutions. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As Kentucky continues to face an opioid crisis longer and more severe than in most states, experts are pushing for community-generated solutions. Approximately 350 policymakers and health advocates sold out the 15th annual Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum Monday i

Ray Krone was sent to death row for a murder he did not commit. Since being exonerated, he's been working to abolish capital punishment. (Witness to Innocence)

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – An innocent man who spent 10 years behind bars in Arizona, including three on death row, brings his story to Kentucky this week – one of the 31 states where execution remains legal. In 2002, Ray Krone became the 100th person in the United States to be exonerated from d

A judge in a Kentucky murder case has made a pretrial ruling that the prosecutor can not seek the death penalty because the defendant was younger than 21 at the time of the crime. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A Kentucky judge has issued a pretrial order in a Lexington murder case that could have an impact on the minimum age for the death penalty across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court established 18 as the minimum age in 2005, but since then there has been mounting scientific evide

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