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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 - MD: Criminal Justice

A common scam that snares older Americans are email offers for free gift cards, which are a way to capture personal information that could jeopardize finances. (Adobe stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and a coalition of groups in Maryland are marking the day with a week-long campaign to raise awareness around protecting older Americans from financial exploitation. Hank Greenberg, state director for AARP Maryland, a co-sponsor of the ca

Some incarcerated students who earned Georgetown University bachelor's degrees in the D.C. Jail system went on to help others behind bars. (Adobe stock)

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SILVER SPRING, Md. - As the pandemic fades, Maryland prisons are expected to open back up this summer and when they do, Georgetown University is offering a full college degree program for aspiring students incarcerated in the state's system. The new Bachelor of Liberal Arts program was delayed by

Anton Black, 19, died in 2018 after police officers forcibly sat on him while he was handcuffed. (Coalition for Justice for Anton Black)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Members of a justice coalition for a Maryland police case with striking similarities to George Floyd's say former police officer Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict represents an overdue stand for justice that they're still fighting to receive. Anton Black of the Eastern Shore died in

More than 95 Maryland organizations say police accountability laws need to include more external community oversight. (Adobe stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland is receiving national praise as the first state in the nation to repeal its police bill of rights and enact other police accountability measures, but a coalition of criminal-justice reform groups says the moves don't go far enough to curb police misconduct. At the ACLU of

Studies show early diversion programs help keep young people out of the criminal justice system. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - As many states consider policing reforms, juvenile-justice groups in Maryland are pushing lawmakers to pass a bill to give police officers an alternate approach to arresting young people. House Bill 1187 would divert kids under age 13 from entering the criminal justice system, all

Maryland's General Assembly is considering two bills that would reduce the number of police in public schools. (Adobe stock)

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SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Social-justice groups in Maryland's largest jurisdiction are calling on lawmakers to reform policing in schools after the release of body-cam footage which shows Montgomery County Police officers screaming at and handcuffing a 5-year-old kindergartener. Will Jawando, Montgomer

For the first time since polling on marijuana legalization began in Maryland, more state Republicans (50%) support the idea, while 47% oppose it. (Adobe stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - As the General Assembly considers a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, a new poll shows two-thirds of Marylanders support the legislation - including about half of Republicans. For the first time since the Goucher Poll began tracking attitudes on this topic in 2013, Repub

Many incarcerated Marylanders don't realize they have the right to vote if they're being held pre-trial or serving time for a misdemeanor. (Adobe Stock)

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BALTIMORE - After a Maryland coalition expanded voting rights for people in jails and prisons during the 2020 presidential election, a landmark bill now in the General Assembly would turn that effort into law. The Value My Vote Act would require state correctional facilities to give every person a

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