PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2020 

NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash with his daughter. And states work to make U.S. Census fair for people of color.

2020Talks - January 27, 2020 

Polls are back and forth, but frontrunners are emerging. So many Iowa voters, though, are still undecided, so anything could happen. Plus, Andrew Yang qualifies for NH debate.

Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

MINNEAPOLIS - As Americans celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., African-American leaders locally and nationally are calling for action to help the nation's black children. Two newly released reports commissioned by the Children's Defense Fund chronicle a growing crisis in the black c

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The belief that everyone deserves a second chance is practiced daily by people involved in a unique Minnesota program. The Community Justice Project is a partnership between the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches and the Minneapolis Police Department. It matches volunteer m

STILLWATER, Minn. - Correctional officers from Minnesota's prison system and their labor union warn that staffing shortages coupled with inmate program cuts add up to a disaster waiting to happen. AFSCME Council 5 is calling public attention to what its members deem dangerous staffing shortages insi

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the Minnesota State Fair wound to a close with Labor Day, debate on gun control measures started heating up again. At issue is a polling question asked of fairgoers about whether a background check should be required for people who purchase firearms at gun shows. Opponents of pr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A growing number of legal, advocacy and nonprofit groups in Minnesota are pushing for a constitutional amendment to change the system of selecting judges. In support of their effort comes a new report that asks, "Is Justice for Sale?" The report, from the Justice at Stake Campaig

DULUTH, Minn. - This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow 5-4 ruling that overturned Chicago's 28-year-old handgun ban, citing the Second Amendment right to bear arms as basis for the decision. While they saw the ruling as predictable, local gun-safety advocates feel that the decision ignore

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The landscape for electing judges in Minnesota has changed dramatically in recent years. Judicial candidates can now share their social and political views, raise campaign money, and seek election endorsements. A growing number of legal, advocacy and nonprofit groups are worried th

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota has landed on a list of "Judicial Hellholes" for being too tough on big business in civil lawsuits, and a group of attorneys is calling the report "biased." The report by the American Tort Reform Association says a state Supreme Court ruling would allow more than 4,000 people

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