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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump fixer Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: higher smoking rates causing some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - NY: Criminal Justice

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and attorneys general from Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington are fighting back against the Trump administration's threat to withhold federal law enforcement grants. (NY AG)

NEW YORK — Six attorneys general filed suit on Wednesday to block the Trump administration from putting anti-immigrant conditions on federal funds that states and localities use for law enforcement. The complaint argues the Justice Department doesn’t have the authority to impose new co

RGGI has helped fund rebates on purchases of more than 5,750 electric vehicles in New York. (Stivabc/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative money is funding meaningful environmental programs in New York, but a new report from Environmental Advocates of New York says there's room for improvement. The initiative, known as REGGIE, is a nine-state agreement that caps carbon emissions fro

One study found that low-risk youth put on probation were 50 percent more likely to re-offend. (Jess.xn/Twenty20)

NEW YORK — A new report says reforming probation practices for juveniles could increase their chances for success. In the past 20 years, juvenile justice system reforms have led to far fewer young people being held in juvenile detention centers. But the report from the Annie E. Casey Foundat

Nine states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. (@katebilyeu via Twenty20)

ALBANY, New York – Marijuana legalization is a racial and economic justice issue - that's the message state legislators and community advocates are delivering in Albany today. Despite decriminalization, New York has been the marijuana arrest capital of the nation, with sharp racial disparities

Last year, Wall Street firms received more than $218 million in interest from financing private prisons. (MonicaVolpin/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Workers and immigrants in New York City are marking May Day by demanding that Wall Street stop profiting off the private prison industry. The protest began with an early morning march from Battery Park to the heart of the financial district. Yatziri Tovar, a media specialist at Ma

Attorneys say federal courts in New York have recognized immigrants' constitutional due-process right to bond hearings. (Bjoertvedt [CC BY-SA 3.0]/from Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Civil-liberties organizations are suing to force the Trump administration to resume bond hearings for immigrants in detention. Federal courts in New York and California have ruled that under immigration law and the U.S. Constitution, immigrant detainees must be allowed to have bond

More than ten times as many Americans are now imprisoned for drug offenses than in 1980. (babawawa/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — A new, 50-state study finds that putting more people in jail for drug offenses doesn't reduce drug use or overdose deaths. On Monday, President Donald Trump called for harsher sentences, including the death penalty for drug traffickers, to combat the opioid epidemic. Jake Horowitz

After 1978 the number of women in prison nationwide increased at twice the rate of men. (leks/Pixabay.com)

NEW YORK – Prison populations are dropping in most states, but a new study finds that the number of incarcerated women is not falling as fast as it is for men. Nationally, the total prison population peaked around 2009. The study, compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative, shows that most s

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