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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


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Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

Because Minnesota's constitution doesn't provide for statewide ballot initiatives, issues like marijuana legalization have to go through the Legislature. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A marijuana legalization bill in the Minnesota Legislature faces an uncertain future, despite winning House approval last week. Whether it becomes reality now or at a future point, advocates see it as a way to help end racial disparities in criminal justice. The measure would leg

Despite action taken last year, police accountability groups in Minnesota say the state has much more work to do in this area. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The Derek Chauvin verdict and the death of Daunte Wright have renewed calls for Minnesota lawmakers to adopt the latest proposals surrounding police accountability. Across the state, some faith leaders say they want to see these ideas approved. Earlier this month, the DFL-led H

Activists await the Derek Chauvin verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center. (Public News Service/Mike Moen)

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MINNEAPOLIS - Ground-level community groups in Minneapolis say the Derek Chauvin verdict still is being processed on an emotional level, but they see it as an opportunity for all of Minnesota to take another step in addressing longstanding inequities. Some racial-justice advocates said they have mi

Dr. TaLisa Carter is an assistant professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University. (Photo courtesy of Carter)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Testimony resumes this morning in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd. Some early testimony has renewed conversation about the historical mistreatment of Black people in the U.S. TaLisa Carter, assistant professor in th

Groups holding demonstrations outside the Derek Chauvin trial say they don't just want a conviction over the killing of George Floyd. They say city and state leaders have yet to adopt meaningful police reforms. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The first witnesses have testified in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd. Police accountability groups said despite the attention the case has received, they're not satisfied with policy action so far. Floyd's killing s

Hennepin County, where the Derek Chauvin trial is taking place, has a nearly 75% white population, but criminal justice advocates said they're encouraged that the jury chosen for the trial is diverse. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The trial of Derek Chauvin enters a new phase today, as opening statements are scheduled in the case of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd. Those demanding diversity among juries see this trial as a step in the right direction. The 12 jurors and

The May 2020 police killing of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests over police treatment of Black communities. (Mike Moen)

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Barring last-minute changes, court proceedings begin today in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd. Amid worldwide coverage, local faith leaders and others remain focused on healing and righting racial inequities. Images of

Co-chairs of a new reparations commission in St. Paul say the eyes of the world are on Minnesota in light of George Floyd's death, and what role the region can play in addressing social and racial inequities. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The movement for reparations for Black Americans has seen greater urgency since the police killing of George Floyd last year. And in the state where he died, the effort to make amends has taken a big step. This week the St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a new commission

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