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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

2020Talks - August 12, 2020 

California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May ignited calls across the globe to re-examine police tactics and the structure of departments. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Legislature has approved a series of law enforcement accountability measures, two months after the police killing of George Floyd. But one group says it appears the public's voice has been silenced. Some of the key areas of focus included a ban on chokeholds and so

Since March, many states have done a good job in keeping teens from entering juvenile detention centers. But getting teens already in custody released is an area still lagging. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Positive trends in populations at youth detention centers in the U.S. have hit a snag, according a new report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. However, long-term efforts to keep teens out of these facilities still offer hope, including in Minnesota. When the coronavirus pan

A new Monmouth University poll found 77% of respondents believe that activists calling for police overhauls don't actually mean getting rid of law enforcement altogether. (Adobe Stock)<br />

MINNEAPOLIS - In the weeks following the police killing of George Floyd, cities like Minneapolis are taking a long look at how their police departments should function. But the groups advocating for change say their arguments don't always get a fair look from the public. The words "defund police"

One of the many images and messages supporting calls for police reform and other systemic change that were written around the band shell in Hudson, Wis., over the weekend. (Mike Moen)

PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- It's been nearly two weeks since Minneapolis and St. Paul saw waves of unrest - some destructive - in response to the police killing of George Floyd. But peaceful protests that coincided with the chaos have carried on with repeated demands for racial justice. Immediately follow

The prison discharge order of Max Mason, a black man whom many say was wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Duluth in 1920. (Minnesota Historical Society)

DULUTH, Minn. - The police killing of George Floyd has pushed deep-seated racial tensions to the forefront in Minnesota. Many cite a horrific event from 100 years ago as underscoring the history of racism in the state, and a pardon in that case is being considered. The state Board of Pardons, whic

In addition to calls for dismantling its current structure, the Minneapolis Police Department is the subject of a civil rights investigation following the death of George Floyd. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A majority of the Minneapolis City Council recently vowed to dismantle the city's police department amid the civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd. While that process is still under consideration, an expert warns that such efforts require diligent oversight. Calls are growin

The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has resulted in global protests over the treatment of African-Americans by police. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- All four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd now face criminal charges. Justice advocates say they have mixed feelings about the latest developments in the case. The office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is now overseeing the inves

A working group in Minnesota, co-led by the state attorney general, recently issued a list of recommendations to reduce deadly police encounters. However, those involved say the state's need to respond to COVID-19 has prevented any legislative follow-up so far. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota officials have launched a civil-rights investigation into the entire Minneapolis Police Department following the killing of George Floyd. It coincides with calls for reform, but watchdogs elsewhere say changing police culture is very difficult. Other recent high-profile inc

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