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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - MD: Criminal Justice

Online scammers squeezed more than $8oo million from Americans last year. (aarp.org)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland residents fall victim to scammers every day, and AARP hopes to head off internet crooks before they have the chance to strike. The organization will be focusing on fraud during the month of August, addressing some of the most common tools scammers use to access sensit

Another ruling is expected today in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. (baltimorecitypolicedept.org)

BALTIMORE – Another tragic weekend – this time with police officers killed in Baton Rouge, La. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, unrest continued as more than 60 people were arrested, 10 of them juveniles, accused of blocking traffic on Interstate 63. They were protesting what they consider v

Protesters have expressed disappointment in police in the Freddie Gray case since his death in April 2015. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE – As the nation reacts to the acquittal in the Freddie Gray case, there are calls for justice and for peace. Rev. Tom Harris at Govans Presbyterian Church in Baltimore says you can't have one without the other. He's disappointed a Baltimore judge acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson

Maryland's assault weapons ban challenge has been revived after the Orlando massacre. (iStockphoto/Ultra1s)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The massive shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead has renewed efforts in Maryland to keep the state's assault weapons ban in place. The state's landmark Firearms Safety Act of 2013 is currently being challenged in court. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is s

Moms are mobilizing across the country to fight for changes in the juvenile-justice system.  (justicenotjails.org)

BALTIMORE – More than 50,000 moms across the country spent Mother's Day without their child because he or she is locked up in jail or prison. A new report by the Institute for Policy Studies says many mothers have taken the pain of separation and turned it into activism. Former Baltimore r

Children who grow up with a parent in prison deal with a variety of issues, including poverty and emotional trauma. (ca.gov)

BALTIMORE - There are 82,000 children in Maryland with either a mom or dad who are, or have been, in jail or prison. A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says these kids often are dealing with poverty, homelessness and emotional trauma. The report has recommendations to state and local po

Maryland saw its number of juveniles in detention facilities go up between 2007-2011, while the nation as a whole saw a big drop. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE - The Youth First Initiative identifies a long list of youth detention facilities, about 80 locations across the country, that it says need to be closed, in a new report. The campaign's President and CEO Liz Ryan says even closing these youth prisons isn't a big enough step. She thinks t

American Friends Service Committee has been on the ground in Baltimore and is calling for police to scale back their presence in promote safety. Credit: Dorret/flickr.com.

BALTIMORE - Tensions still are running high because of the Freddie Gray death. Dominique Stevenson, director of the American Friends Service Committee "Friend of a Friend" program, has been in the area since last week, and offered perspective on what happened Monday that led to clashes between poli

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