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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2019 


President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. Also on the rundown: awaiting a ruling in South Dakota on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 16, 2019 


Last night in Ohio the fourth Democratic debate covered issues from health care, gun control and abortion to the Turkish invasion of Syria. What's clear: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has replaced former VP Joe Biden as the centerstage target.

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Public News Service - NY: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

A. 8230 would vacate prostitution-related criminal records, opening opportunities for housing, education, employment and health care.  (mehaniq41/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Some Albany legislators say criminalizing sex work between consenting adults only empowers sex traffickers and it's time for a change. A package of bills called the Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act has been introduced in both the Assembly and Senate. The first statewide bil

Children with mental or cognitive disabilities are 4.6 times more likely than other children to be victims of sexual abuse. (Tech. Sgt. Rey Ramon/U.S. Air Force)

NEW YORK — The new year may finally bring the passage of a bill to allow more time for victims of child sexual abuse to file suits against their abusers in New York state – legislation that is especially important for people with disabilities. Children with disabilities are disproporti

Around the country, thousands of rape kits have sat for years without being tested. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – New York City is getting some federal help to eliminate its backlog of untested rape kits. The Justice Department's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative is distributing $34 million to 20 jurisdictions around the country. The grants will help test kits that have often sat in evidence lock

Immigrants who are the victims of domestic violence can apply for permanent resident status. (U.S. State Dept.)

NEW YORK – Legal advocates for immigrant women say the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president has caused a wave of panic among their clients. Her Justice is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income women in New York City get free legal services in family, divorce and immig

Women formed a human wall outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. Similar protests were held in more than a dozen other U.S. cities. (Brigid Flaherty)

NEW YORK - Women dressed in black protested Tuesday outside Trump campaign offices in at least 15 cities around the nation. In New York, a multiracial group of women led by survivors of sexual assault formed a human wall outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan. Brigid Flaherty, who helped organize

New York's attorney general reaches a settlement deal with dozens of online retailers accused of selling illegal toy guns to consumers in the state. (Cam G/freeimages.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Thirty online retailers will stop selling realistic-looking toy guns to New Yorkers as part of a settlement with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office. Officials say the toys violate state law requiring toy guns to be brightly colored or have colored striping. The look-alikes

Experts say an increasing incarceration rate for women is having negative effects on their families and communities. (Lauren J/freeimages.com).

NEW YORK – Women are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. prison population with their numbers rising steadily for three decades. The American Civil Liberties Union attributes the trend partly to the war on drugs and incarceration of nonviolent offenders, which describes more than 80 perc

About 800 New Yorkers turned out at the site where Eric Garner was killed in police custody to call attention to the need for better police accountability. Courtesy: Make the Road NY

NEW YORK - About 800 New Yorkers used the long weekend to call attention to pending measures intended to increase police accountability. Adilka Pimentel, organizer with Make the Road New York, says her group has been pushing for measures such as the Right to Know Act for several years now. She s

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