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PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - MT: Criminal Justice

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Montana is going through a backlog of more than 1,100 untested sexual assault kits. (Herney/Pixabay)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana is getting more federal help to test its backlog of sexual assault kits. The U.S. Justice Department's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative is distributing $34 million to 20 jurisdictions around the country. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says the $1 million his state is

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed President Barack Obama's efforts to phase out private prisons. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana has the nation's second largest population incarcerated in private prisons. According to the criminal justice reform group The Sentencing Project, the state's private prison population grew by 50 percent between 2000 and 2015, and now tops 40 percent of the people in

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