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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - NY: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

In 2015, almost 300 girls were admitted to long-term juvenile detention in New York State. (gerasimov174/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Getting to zero, that's the goal of a project begun in New York to end the incarceration of girls in the juvenile justice system. The Initiative to End Girl's Incarceration began at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City two years ago. It works at the intersections of race, gen

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

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