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PNS Daily Newscast - February 27, 2020 


Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - ME: Criminal Justice

Passamaquoddy Bay runs between Passamaquoddy tribal land in Maine and Canada. One of the main sources of contention in the act is natural resources rights. (Jay Woodworth/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine is considering whether to revise its legal relationship with American Indian nations -- but two recent public hearings show a rough road ahead. Maine treats tribal nations as municipalities rather than sovereign nations, which is unique among the states. Now, the Maine Le

Critics charge that Long Creek, Maine's prison for juveniles, is not organized or staffed to deal with the real needs of those young people. (Richard Ross/AECF)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The task force looking at Maine juvenile justice is finding signs the whole system is upside down. Jill Ward, project manager of the Maine Center for Juvenile Policy & Law at the University of Maine School of Law, is one of the task force co-chairs. She says testimony they've hear

Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis is part of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act. (University of Maine bio)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine could soon revise its legal relationship with American Indian nations. Maine treats tribal nations as municipalities rather than sovereign nations, which is unique among the states. Today, a task force votes on modifying the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing

A former identity thief turned fraud expert, Frank Abagnale, Jr. (L) shares tips with Mainers at USM Portland to help them avoid becoming fraud victims. (Carol Brooks)

PORTLAND, Maine — He conned bank tellers, doctors, lawyers and a major airline and last week, reformed identity thief Frank Abagnale shared tips with Mainers on how to avoid becoming scam victims. Abagnale spent 40 years helping the FBI catch scammers, and now consults as an ambassador for AA

Maine is making major strides in dropping the number of youthful offenders held in detention thanks to a national program that aims to keep kids in school and not in jail. (J. Iwakiri/Twitter).

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's a dramatic drop since 2014; the number of juveniles being committed to detention in Maine is down by 36 percent. Erica King is a justice policy associate with the University of Southern Maine. She says young people who are diverted from detention are more likely to stay

Gov. Paul LePage says he needs more time before he can reveal the contents of a mugshot book he claims to keep on drug dealers in Maine. ((Matt Gagnon/Wikipedia)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some Maine lawmakers are a little bit puzzled over why Gov. Paul LePage would need more time to reveal the contents of his "mugshot book.” The governor's response to a Freedom of Access Act request left Mainers in the dark about the contents of a binder LePage has said

First-time offenders caught with small amounts of drugs like cocaine and heroin will no longer face felony charges in Maine. (Credit: Drug Enforcement Administration)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Starting next month, Mainers who would have faced felony charges for possession of small amounts of drugs will instead receive a misdemeanor. A legislative compromise put a lid on the felony charges. When the legislative session began, Attorney General Janet Mills was pushing to

The Long Creek Development Center is among 80 old and large prisons that a new national campaign called Youth First says needs to be closed. (Google Earth)

PORTLAND, Maine - The time has come to close the Long Creek Youth Development Center, according to a new national campaign called Youth First. The campaign identified 80 old and large prisons it says not only are expensive to run but poor choices for handling youth. Long Creek was built in 1853 and

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