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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - NC: Criminal Justice

Students across North Carolina will join millions around the world tomorrow in the March For Our Lives. (Fibonacci Blue/flickr)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – In an unprecedented demonstration of civic engagement, hundreds of thousands of young people and other activists will demonstrate Saturday in March For Our Lives events planned around the world. There will be 10 such events in North Carolina, including Asheville, where local

Three people on death row will have their cases considered by the North Carolina Supreme Court, after lower courts found that race played a role in their sentencing. (Marc Treble/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – In the ongoing saga of North Carolina's capital punishment system, the state Supreme Court will hear a case that will decide whether three defendants of color will stay on death row. All three – Marcus Robinson, Quintel Augustine and Christina Walters – had their

This week, a Wake County jury again opted for life in prison instead of the death penalty, making it the ninth time such a decision has been reached in recent years. (Sarah Hina/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – For the ninth time in a row, a Wake County jury chose life in prison without the possibility of parole over the death penalty in a trial this week. The county has not seen a death sentence since 2007, but it has more capital trials than any other county in the state. Robert

Michelle Alexander, author of

RALEIGH, N.C. – Late Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety lifted a ban on a New York Times best seller – "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness" – just one day after the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said the ban wa

Curtis Mangum, left, pictured with his daughter, died while in Raleigh Police custody and his family is asking for more information on the circumstances surrounding his death. (Mangum family)

RALEIGH, N.C. – This week, the family of a man who died in Raleigh Police custody is hoping to have more answers. Curtis Roeman Mangum began showing signs of medical distress last Wednesday after he was taken into custody with another suspect. He later died after being transferred to WakeM

Resource Institute is one nonprofit managing to push forward with conservation work under the Trump administration. The organization emphasizes job creation as a means to garner support. (Resource Institute)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – With funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and auctions of public lands, the situation seems dire for some of those invested in protecting the country's natural resources. But some organizations are finding ways to work in the current political climate. Reso

As North Carolina's death row inmates age, the justice system faces problems of caring for the population while continuing to fund the inmates' legal bills. (Matthias Mueller/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's death row is aging with almost half of inmates facing a death sentence now 50 years or older. On top of that, 75 percent of them were sentenced more than 15 years ago. Gretchen Engel, executive director of The Center for Death Penalty Litigation, says the o

A judge threw out a financial agreement between Henry McCollum and his attorney after it was found he was wrongfully convicted by the state. (Jenny Warburg)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Seven death-row inmates in North Carolina have been exonerated in recent years. When many of them are released, they're often left to navigate the legal system and a society they haven't been a part of for years or even decades. Often in need of legal assistance, they sometim

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