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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - OR: Criminal Justice

One study concludes facial-recognition technology was up to 100 times more likely to misidentify people of color. (Leszek/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland is poised to pass the strongest ban on facial-recognition technology in the country next month. Nearly a year in the making, the Portland City Council is considering two ordinances. The first would ban government use of facial recognition technology - already passed in

Some law enforcement agencies are increasingly using electronic monitoring for people under house arrest. (stocksolutions/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- House arrest might seem like a good alternative to incarceration, especially during a pandemic, but it comes with its own costs. Ankle shackles are outfitted for electronic monitoring, which concerns advocates for people who are detained. Babatunde Azubuike, programs coordinator f

Many see the age of mass incarceration as a successor to segregation and the racist policies of the Jim Crow era. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Policing has been the focal point of protests since George Floyd's death last week. A criminal-justice reform advocate says we also need to understand them as a reaction to mass incarceration. Executive Director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center Bobbin Singh said people who f

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract provides $820,000 a year to a jail in The Dalles, Ore. (Andrei/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. -- A bipartisan bill in the Oregon Legislature could end a federal immigration agency's contract with a local jail. House Bill 4121 would prohibit the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility, or NORCOR, in The Dalles from renewing contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Three initiatives awaiting review in Oregon would put certain restrictions on the sale of semi-automatic firearms, including raising the purchase age to 21. (ARTFULLY-79/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Some faith leaders want 2020 to be the year Oregon passes what they see as better gun-control laws. The group Lift Every Voice Oregon, made up of leaders from different faiths, has submitted three petitions for measures to appear on the November 2020 ballot. The measures would rest

Oregon's care organizations have launched the

PORTLAND, Ore. – Health care doesn't stop after a person leaves the doctor's office. Factors outside of the traditional care setting such as housing play a pivotal role in a person's overall health. Michael Mellick, a housing case manager with CareOregon, says anybody who has experienced chr

Two men in Oregon convicted by non-unanimous juries have been exonerated this year. (Dun.can/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – With Tuesday's election now in the books, Oregon is the only state in the country that allows non-unanimous juries in felony trials. Voters in Louisiana have passed an amendment banning the law that originated in the Jim Crow era allowing convictions even when one or two jur

Discrepancies in the testimony against Josh Horner led to his exoneration from a 50-year prison sentence. (Oregon Innocence Project)

BEND, Ore. — An Oregon man is free from a 50-year prison sentence thanks to the work of the Oregon Innocence Project. It is the project's first exoneration since it began four years ago. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel dismissed the case against Redmond resident Josh Horner,

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