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PNS Daily News - December 5, 2019 


Three out of four legal scholars say a Trump impeachment is justified; 700,000 to lose food assistance; and documents show the coal industry knew about climate impacts in the 1960's.

2020Talks - December 5, 2019 


Former VP Joe Biden's on his "No Malarkey" tour across Iowa, while the House Judiciary Committee had its first hearing with constitutional scholars.

Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

A new national report says progress is being made in closing racial gaps in prison populations. Among women, the disparity in black and white imprisonment rates has dropped from 6-to-1 to 2-to-1. (Matthew Henry/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's been positive movement in reducing racial gaps in prison populations across the United States, according to a new report. However, there's a long way to go to eliminate the lingering disparities – including in Minnesota. The report from the Council on Criminal

A 2018 report by the FBI found that of 63 active shooter assailants, only 25% had been diagnosed with a mental illness, and only three with a psychotic disorder. (avi_acl/pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The holiday weekend brought another mass shooting to Texas, the second in less than a month. But one psychiatrist who studies gun violence says blaming mass shootings on mental illness won't stop future incidents. Police say the latest suspect, a white male in his 30s, used

Workloads for Minnesota's state public defenders are too high and affect their ability to represent clients, according to a 2010 report from the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. (AJEL/Pixabay)

By Filiberto Nolasco Gomez / Broadcast version by Roz Brown Reporting for the Workday Minnesota-Minnesota News Connection Collaboration MINNEAPOLIS – Amy Kantorowicz is an investigator in the public defender's office. Her job varies and can include interviewing witnesses, filing Data Practic

New policies and a special task force are being promised following a report by the Star-Tribune that found police never assigned an investigator in 25 percent of the sexual-assault cases reported over a two-year period. (pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A policy designed to improve sex-assault investigations across Minnesota is now being promised by the chairman of the state's police licensing board following a newspaper report that documented extensive failings in police work on rape and other sexual assaults. Chairman Ti

A scam involving new Medicare cards is the latest trick being used by some con artists to convince older people to share identifying information. (Pixabay)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Consumer groups in Minnesota continue their efforts to protect older adults from fraud and identity theft. At a "Scam Jam" event today in Cambridge, AARP Minnesota and the Better Business Bureau teamed up to educate seniors, family members and caregivers about the most com

Between 2008 and 2016, Minnesota's crime rate dropped 24 percent while the incarceration rate rose 1 percent. (Dave Nakayama/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts found that incarceration rates fell across the nation from their record high 10 years ago. Crime rates also fell, but in Minnesota, while the crime rate has dropped, too, the incarceration rate has risen slightly. Kelly Mitchell

The updated Minnesota Protocol is also known as The Revised United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. (Falcon Photography)

MINNEAPOLIS – A nonprofit group in Minnesota has written – and most recently, helped revise – guidelines to protect human rights. Those guidelines are known as the Minnesota Protocol, although they are better known and more widely used outside the state. The guidelines were dev

More than 250,000 Minnesotans have received concealed-carry permits since that legislation was passed in 2003. (Madison Scott-Clary/FlickR)

MINNEAPOLIS – Gun violence kills or injures almost 1,000 Minnesotans a year. And some of the best minds in the state aim to do something about it during the Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday. Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, executiv

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