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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


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The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - MT: Criminal Justice

About 17,000 Montanans are behind bars or under criminal-justice supervision, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. (Proxima Studio/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Groups from across the political spectrum are coming together to push for criminal-justice reform during the Montana legislative session. The Montana Coalition for Public Safety formed after President Donald Trump signed the First Step Act, enacting reforms on the federal level. D

Five states, including Montana, broadened their marijuana-use laws on Tuesday. (Maksym Yemelyanov/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Marijuana legalization efforts across the country were lifted across the finish line on Election Day, including in Montana. The Treasure State approved two measures to allow the purchase and consumption of marijuana for people age 21 and older. Paul Armentano, deputy director of t

COVID-19 has spread in correctional facilities across the country. (William/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has issued a directive designed to protect Montanans in prison against COVID-19. But advocacy groups for incarcerated people say it doesn't go far enough. Bullock's directive asks the Board of Pardons and Parole to consider early release for people wit

False testimony from so-called incentivized witnesses is one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions nationwide. (MargJohnsonVA/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. – Two bills designed to prevent wrongful convictions and defend the people accused are scheduled for a hearing in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday. Testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of these bills will be Cody Marble and Richard Burkhart, who spent a com

The Montana Department of Justice is reporting its findings on domestic violence deaths to a state legislative committee today. (Justin Brockie/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. – Deaths from domestic violence are increasing across the state, according to a Montana Department of Justice report. Fatalities increased nearly 140 percent in 2015 and 2016, compared with the previous two years. For Native Americans, it jumped 150 percent over the same perio

The Montana special session brought deals to fix the budget, but national politics could throw a wrench into the mix. (Justin Brockie/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. – The conclusion of the special legislative session has left more questions than answers for Montanans and the future of the state's budget. While a patchwork of deals appeared to cover most of the $227 million budget hole, Eric Feaver, president of the public employees' union

TaNeel Filesteel is an Indigenous Generation ambassador who helped with the State of Native Youth Report and deputy prosecutor at the Fort Belknap reservation. (Jason Packineau/Harvard University Native American Program)

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HELENA, Mont. – A new report assesses the state of native youth in Montana and across the country. The second annual report from the Aspen Institute's Center for Native American Youth, this year titled "Our Identities as Civic Power" combines surveys and research to identify pressing issues fo

Leonard Higgins, who shut down a pipeline in Coal Banks Landing, Mont., faces the possibility of up to 10 years in prison. (Climate Direct Action)

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FORT BENTON, Mont. – In October 2016, Leonard Higgins and four other activists concerned about the imminent impact of climate change took action into their own hands to stop it. Known collectively as the "valve turners," the five climate activists shut off oil pipeline emergency valves acros

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