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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - NC: Criminal Justice

Of all the potential North Carolina voters who were disenfranchised in 2016 because of a felony conviction, more than half were on community supervision. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Some North Carolinians who currently are on probation, parole or post-release supervision for a felony conviction are now allowed to vote thanks to a recent court ruling. Yet advocates say the state has a long way to go when it comes to ensuring people with past felonies can cast th

Police in Washington block a road to the White House during recent protests after the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Modern day police departments in the southern United States can be directly traced to the institution of slavery, some 300 years ago, according to a religion studies professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. And Julia Robinson Moore, who teaches courses on religions

Police conduct against people of color has outraged the nation and sparked weeks-long protests.(Adobe Stock)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Knowing where local elected leaders stand on police use of force and using the power of your vote are key to implementing genuine police reform - that's what local activists in Fayetteville have learned from their experiences forming a local task force to push for changes to it

Juvenile court officials say school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic have contributed to the nationwide drop in youth arrests and detention. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The state's juvenile courts say arrests of young people have dropped since the coronavirus pandemic began, mirroring a national trend, according to a new analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In North Carolina, the daily juvenile-detention population dropped by 25% from the be

Firearms-related deaths in North Carolina topped 1,400 North Carolinians in 2017, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - More than half of North Carolina's 100 counties have passed resolutions declaring they are "Second Amendment sanctuaries" - meaning they see themselves as exempt from enforcing state gun safety laws. Winston-Salem resident and retired teacher Susan Browder comes from a family of gu

In the case Batson v. Kentucky, a 1986 U.S. Supreme Court decision made it illegal to exclude jurors on the basis of race. (Adobe Stock)<br />

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina Supreme Court this week heard oral arguments in the cases of Cory Bennett of Sampson County and Cedric Hobbs of Cumberland County. Attorneys for the two men argued that prosecutors excluded black citizens from the defendants' juries because of their race. David W

Research indicates that people in recovery from opioid abuse who are on medication-assisted treatment for at least one to two years have the greatest rates of long-term sobriety. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina is spearheading an effort to make medication assisted treatment available to people in jail or prison who are in recovery from opioid use. Federal courts in Maine and Massachusetts have ruled recently that people who are in recovery and entering prison should be all

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 those wh

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