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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: Criminal Justice

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's been a back-and-forth fight this week for the state's groundbreaking Racial Justice Act. On Monday, the State Conference of District Attorneys asked the state Senate to repeal the law. On Thursday, North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National Association for the Advan

RALEIGH, N.C. - Some members of the legal community say North Carolina legislators tipped the scales of justice this summer when they cut funding for legal aid by 20 percent. The cuts have forced Legal Aid of North Carolina to close four offices and lay off 60 attorneys. Public defenders also saw si

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Just days before the first hearing under the Racial Justice Act (RJA) is scheduled to take place, the state has filed a motion to have the African-American judge in the case recuse himself (withdraw) from the hearing. Cumberland County prosecutors claim Superior Court Judge Greg

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's murder rate continues to decline statewide, according to the FBI, down more than 19 percent in 2009 and lower again in 2010. In fact, the state's murder rate has been declining since 1991. At the same time, fewer defendants are receiving death sentences, and no one

RALEIGH, N.C. - They may be unlikely allies, but families of murder victims are working to protect the rights of inmates in North Carolina through the Racial Justice Act (RJA). It's the state law that allows inmates and defendants to challenge their death sentences if they can prove that race was a

BOONE, N.C. - "End the death penalty in North Carolina," suggests a recent study, which asserts that capital punishment is not a deterrent to criminals and costs the public more does than a sentence of life in prison. Another factor is the recent revelation that evidence has been mishandled by the s

RALEIGH, N.C. - Critics of a controversial proposal that backers say would reform the state's Racial Justice Act argue that the real goal of a handful of lawmakers is to repeal it. Five North Carolina lawmakers selected the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination to introduce a co

RALEIGH, N.C. - Men and women in North Carolina accused of crimes they did not commit, may have a more difficult time proving their innocence with new legislation currently before the state assembly. The legislation would take away laws that protect defendants when law enforcement fails to turn over

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