PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 

Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 

Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - NC: Criminal Justice

ELKIN, N.C. - A grassroots movement to repeal North Carolina's death penalty is seen as gaining momentum. More than 700 businesses and congregations are on record supporting a resolution asking the state to eliminate the death penalty, using the money saved to help murder victims' families and fund

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's a "retread" of a different kind. SB 416, a bill about tires for school buses and state vehicles that was passed by the North Carolina Senate, has been gutted in the House - replaced with language that would weaken or even repeal the state's Racial Justice Act (RJA). It's a polit

RALEIGH, N.C. - The state House Judiciary Committee today will hear testimony about proposed legislation to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction. North Carolina is one of only two states which automatically prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for misdemeanors as minor as stealing a can of so

BENSON, N.C. - North Carolina death-penalty opponents are applauding Connecticut. This week, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill abolishing the death penalty, making Connecticut the 17th state to do so. It's promising news for North Carolina mother Christine Livingston, who recently changed her positi

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The first court challenge brought under the landmark Racial Justice Act (RJA) was successful on Friday, with inmate Marcus Robinson's death sentence converted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The RJA allows death row inmates to argue that race was a factor

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The first hearing under the state's Racial Justice Act is to begin today in a Fayetteville courtroom. The act allows North Carolina inmates sentenced to death to argue that race was a factor in their sentencing, and to convert their sentences to life in prison. Today's hearing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It may surprise some that supporters of North Carolina's landmark Racial Justice Act (RJA) include family members of murder victims. Now, some of them are thanking Governor Beverly Perdue for vetoing a bill that would have overturned the law. The RJA permits death-row inmates to

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Guns are now permitted by law at North Carolina parks, playgrounds and other public places, unless cities pass their own, more restrictive laws, and at least 19 municipalities have chosen to do so. The new state law that went into effect December 1 allows people with proper per

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