PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 

The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 

3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - NV: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Cheryl Culpepper says she is a recovering meth addict, working to get her criminal record sealed to help rebuild her life after successfully serving time. (C. Culpepper)

LAS VEGAS - This is "National Reentry Week," a recognition by the U.S J.ustice Department of the need to help people released from prison as they rebuild their lives. One local nonprofit, Nevada Legal Services, is offering its assistance free of charge, to people working to get their court record

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Nevada ranks in the top 10 for the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline. (saiyood/iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS - January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the problem is particularly severe in Nevada. Statistics show the Silver State is one of the the 10 worst for human trafficking, with hundreds of calls to the national hotline each year. Experts blame it on the state's multi-bi

Drunk-driving deaths are down in Nevada in 2015. Advocates encourage safe driving this New Year's Eve. (Idless/iStock)

LAS VEGAS - Nevada is making serious progress against drunk driving, the latest statistics from the state show, with almost 25 percent fewer deaths in 2015 compared with 2014. As of Monday, 61 people had died in alcohol-related crashes in Nevada, 20 fewer than the year before as of that same date.

A new report from the CDC says drug overdose deaths were down 12.8 percent in 2014, contrary to the national trend. (Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile)

LAS VEGAS - Drug overdoses were down in Nevada by almost 13 percent in 2014. It's the second biggest drop in the country, at a time when many states are seeing major increases according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report said since 2000, the rate

PHOTO: In an unfortunate break with a downward trend of traffic fatalities in the Silver State, 2014 turned out to be a deadlier year on Nevada roads than 2013. Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Eighteen more people died in traffic crashes in Nevada in 2014 than in 2013, according to Meg Ragonese with the Nevada Department of Transportation. The agency reports 284 traffic deaths for the year. "This rise in Nevada traffic fatalities is a tragic reminder, and an important

PHOTO: The Nevada Dept. of Transportation is urging extra caution on Nevada's rural roadways, where fatal accidents have increased sharply in some counties in the first half of this year. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada's traffic deaths overall are down for the first half of this year, but fatalities on rural roadways are way up, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. Meg Ragonese, the department's public information officer, says 124 traffic deaths in Nevada in the

PHOTO: Nevadans may vote on marijuana legalization in 2016 if a petition effort under way is successful. Photo courtesy U-S Department of Justice.

RENO, Nev. - In a couple of years, Nevadans may have the opportunity to vote on the issue of legalizing marijuana. Joe Brezny, among the organizers of the "Campaign to Regulate Marijuana," said they hope to collect the more than 100,000 qualified signatures needed to get the issue on the November 20

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows a major change in the number of young people behind bars.

LAS VEGAS - There's a new trend away from locking up juveniles, according to a new national report, and local youth advocates say Nevada reflects that change. Nationwide, the rate of youth incarceration dropped by 41 percent from 1995 through 2010, according to the report released today by the Anni

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