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PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - OR: Criminal Justice

White males are 37 percent of Oregon's population, but are half of all state judges. (M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. - State court judges in Oregon are disproportionately male and white, according to a new study called The Gavel Gap, released by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. The study said both men and women of color are underrepresented in the judiciary, compared with the st

Two bills concerning sexual assault await Gov. Kate Brown's signature. (Visitor7/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon's 2016 legislative session has ended, leaving a stack of bills on Gov. Kate Brown's desk to be signed into law. Two of those bills address sexual assault. Senate Bill 1600 lifts the statute of limitations to prosecute first-degree sex crimes from its current 12-year limit. S

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is now a massive crime scene and will remain closed for several weeks. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

PORTLAND, Ore. - After 41 days of occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the standoff between anti-government protesters and law enforcement ended peacefully last week. Even after the arrest of the group's leadership three weeks ago and the shooting death of its spokesman, the FBI work

Even some Portland city-dwellers took the time to make their views known about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns. (Rural Organizing Project)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - About 350 people gathered in Burns, Ore., on Monday for a local rally to tell the last few armed anti-government occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and their supporters, to go home. Protests and pickets are a daily occurrence now in Burns, and they're spreading acro

Family members want to support crime survivors, but often aren't sure what to do or say. (sgarton/morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Getting through the holidays comes with special challenges for people who have been crime victims, and there's a new, Oregon-based website packed with information to assist them. "Help. Hope. Heal" is an online guide for family members who aren't sure what to do or say to help a su

Welding is one of the careers people can apply to learn through Oregon Corrections Enterprises. This man is working in the metal shop inside Oregon State Penitentiary. Courtesy: Oregon Department of Corrections.

SALEM, Ore. - No one may have watched the debate over a "Ban the Box" bill in the Oregon Legislature more closely than the 1,300 people who are working on their job skills in prison. According to House Bill 3025, the legislation now on its its way to Gov. Kate Brown's desk, employers can no longer

PHOTO: On July 1, recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon. The process to create and implement regulations to sell it, however, will take about a year. Photo credit: greg346/FeaturePics.com.

SALEM, Ore. – A survey posted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) asks Oregonians how they want the agency to implement the state's new law on selling marijuana for recreational use. About 10,000 people already have shared their opinions by taking the online survey, and it's only

PHOTO: Saturday's Justice for Youth event in Portland is one of 20 around the nation calling attention to how mandatory minimum sentencing laws for some crimes affect juveniles. Photo credit: dblight/iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 600 youths are behind bars in Oregon, and nearly half of them were sentenced as adults. On Saturday, their advocates are getting together in Portland for what they're calling a "community awareness and healing event." The groups want to call attention to what they say is

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