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PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 


Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 13, 2013  


The House passes legislation to reign in drug prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the upswing, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plays Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten - who's running against long-time incumbent Steve King - in a game of basketball.

Public News Service - NC: Civil Rights

Civil rights groups are challenging the judicial system's use of cash bail in Alamance County. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

GRAHAM, N. C. – The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of three people being held in the Alamance County Detention Center. The lawsuit contends that court officials' use of cash bail violates the constitutional rights of th

Johnston (County) Regional Airport, where planes involved in a CIA secret rendition program took off between 2001 and 2006. (North Carolina Stop Torture Now)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A pre-release screening of the upcoming film "The Report" will be held in Raleigh this coming Saturday. The film, starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening, tells the story of the U.S. Senate investigation into a CIA torture program that involved secret renditions of people sus

More than 3,000 people currently are being held in solitary confinement in North Carolina's state prisons. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Four plaintiffs and the ACLU of North Carolina have filed a class-action lawsuit in a Wake County Superior Court against the state's use of solitary confinement. The practice involves holding people in isolation cells no larger than a parking space for 22-24 hours a day. Iren

About 44 million Americans collectively owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Student loan debt among North Carolina residents has ballooned in the past decade, according to the latest report from the Center for Responsible Lending. Between 2008 and 2018, North Carolinians' outstanding federal and private student loan debts increased by 286%, from $15.

In 2014, nearly 90% of North Carolina counties had no clinics that provided abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Abortion in North Carolina overall is on the decline, but the decrease has been more pronounced among white women than black women, according to a study of abortion trends in the state between 1980 and 2013. One factor could be that lack of access to health care makes it harder for w

In 2017 alone, North Carolina courts suspended close to 500,000 licenses for nonpayment of fines. (Jennnbell, Twenty/20)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal court began hearing arguments Wednesday about whether North Carolina's process of notifying drivers that their license will be revoked is unconstitutional. Arguments from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Southern Coalition

A new poll found that when North Carolina voters considered a range of alternatives to the death penalty, including restitution to victims' families, only 25 percent favored the death penalty. (ACLU)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Criminal justice experts in North Carolina are calling the death penalty part of a "sordid history" of racial terror. A brief filed in a North Carolina case by the nonprofit Promise of Justice Initiative argues that capital punishment now is used so rarely that it should be

A poll shows voters across party lines are concerned about racial bias in death-penalty cases; 47 percent voted for Donald Trump and 45 percent for Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election. (Center for Death Penalty Litigation)

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina has long been considered a pro-death penalty state, but a first-of-its-kind poll found voters overwhelmingly believe the death penalty is error-prone and racially biased. And a majority say it should be replaced with alternative punishments. David Weiss is a ca

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