PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 

The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 

Biden's climate change task force is making some progress, a federal judge ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - NC: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: The gavel seems to have come down on the budget of North Carolina courts in recent years, with 638 positions eliminated in the last four years. Photo courtesy of Texas Southern University.

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina courts are being asked to do more with less and some are concerned about how it's affecting the justice system in the Tar Heel State. For one thing, citizens expecting swift justice in state and local courtrooms may have to wait longer for it. For the last four years

Photo: License plate reader camera. Courtesy: ACLU of NC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police departments around the state will be on extra patrols this weekend, in preparation for the New Year's holiday. Many of them – 16, in fact – will do so with new license plate reader cameras. The cameras put the information on drivers and their location into a sea

PHOTO:  North Carolina's murder rate is down and following the same trend so is the use of the death penalty in the state.

RALEIGH, N.C. - In the wake of the recent Connecticut school shootings, there is some positive news to report about deaths in North Carolina. The state's murder rate is down once again this year, its sixth without an execution. Also this year, for the first time in 35 years, no jury sentenced an in

Photo: Tilmon Golphin. Courtesy: North Carolina Department of Public Safety

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C – Three North Carolina death row inmates on Thursday were re-sentenced to life in prison without parole, after a judge found there was evidence that racial discrimination in jury selection played a role in their sentences. Tilmon Golphin, Christina Walters and Quintel Augus

PHOTO: North Carolina lawmakers will meet in Raleigh to discuss the effort to

CARRBORO, N.C. - North Carolina remains one of only two states in the country to continue to prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of the crime they commit. Two bills in the Senate and House would amend the law to allow teens of those ages who commit non-violent crimes to be prosecute

PHOTO: Melvin White Courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Corrections

RALEIGH, N.C. - A year ago this month, Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis was executed for the murder of a police officer. It was a crime he denied up until his death, and his execution sparked protests around the world. Opponents of the death penalty in North Carolina are using the anniversary of

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

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