PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2020 

Virginia declares a state of emergency ahead of a pro-gun rally as the nation pauses to celebrate MLK Day.

2020Talks - January 20, 2020 

The New York Times endorsed Senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of MN. Plus, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, candidates spoke at a forum about protecting democracy, "a decade after Citizens United."

Public News Service - OR: Criminal Justice

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/

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/

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

PHOTO: At the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, girls visit an incarcerated parent twice a month as part of

WILSONVILLE, Ore. - Holidays are bound to be tough for kids with a parent in prison, and that's the case for about 1.75 million children in the U.S. A new report from Volunteers of America says resources to support these children and their caregivers are limited. For girls whose mothers are servin

PHOTO: Some folks get a dozen or more of these mail-order prize solicitations every day  and older Oregonians are the most likely to open and answer them. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

PORTLAND, Ore. – The more types of technology people use, the more opportunities for crooks and con artists to scam them. It's the topic of Tuesday's Scam Jam in Portland, a seminar where the focus is on older Oregonians learning to protect themselves against online fraud. Detective Ben Ruhl

PHOTO: Two men hold signs describing how treatment and recovery has changed their lives. A new state audit says only about half of those released from prison who need substance abuse treatment are getting it. Courtesy PSJ.

PORTLAND, Ore. – When and whether Oregonians released from prison get the treatment they need for drug and alcohol abuse is the subject of an audit released this week by the Oregon Secretary of State's office. Of about 4,500 people considered to be high-risk for relapse or reoffending, state

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