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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - NC: Criminal Justice

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

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

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