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PNS Daily Newscast - June 19, 2018 


Four First Ladies take issue with separating kids from families at border. Also on the rundown: Nebraska struggles to deliver summer meals and there are thriving rural counties in the USA.

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Public News Service - TN: Criminal Justice

Duran live-streamed his arrest and shared it on Facebook. (Free Press/Facebook)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A journalist in Tennessee faces deportation following his arrest April 3 at a protest of current immigration policy. Manuel Duran, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, originally faced charges of disorderly conduct and disruption of a highway in Memphis. Police droppe

Members of the grassroots group Justice Knox address Knoxville leaders at a recent meeting. (Justice Knox)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - More than 1,000 Knoxville residents are addressing what they see as local issues of injustice, one at a time. Known as "Justice Knox," the group began last year as a project of the Direct Action and Research Training organization (DART). Their mission is to work with local leader

Tennessee communities will be prohibited from offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants, and the law may actually lead to increased incidences of unreported crime when immigrants are afraid to call police for help. (yummypixels/Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee may claim the moniker "Volunteer State," but a bill awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam's signature frames the state as less than welcoming. HB 2315, known as the "Anti-Sanctuary Bill," requires local governments to enforce deportation activities. Opponents say it's the mo

The Joyful Heart Foundation released a PSA this month nationwide, working to raise awareness about the problem of untested rape kits in crime labs across the country. (Joyful Heart Foundation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At last count, more than 9,000 rape kits sat on shelves in storage across Tennessee, but that number could be even higher. The state Comptroller's Office is recommending that lawmakers ask for an update on the status of processing the kits – at the same time that a n

More than 20 Tennessee prisoners are earning their associate degrees in political science or business today outside Nashville. (Quadrans/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Wednesday more than 20 male prisoners in Tennessee are celebrating the completion of the associate degrees they earned while behind bars. It's the first such group to receive the honor in more than 20 years. The inmates will graduate at the Turney Center Industrial Compl

Tennessee doesn't require background checks for private sale of firearms and receives a failing grade from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (Peretz Partensky/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the nation mourns the lives lost and injuries suffered from the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, questions are emerging about how to prevent future incidents. A national report card from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence indicates Tennessee isn

In Tennessee, suspected drunk drivers can now refuse to take a blood-alcohol test without facing additional fines or jail time. (Rob Nguyen/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – People accused of drunk driving in Tennessee no longer face additional charges if they refuse a blood alcohol test. Tennessee lawmakers say they were forced to pass a new drunk driving law after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that implied-consent laws were unconstitutional,

One noted attorney says it would be possible for the family of Jocques Clemmons to pursue a civil penalty in connection to his death. (Brandon Anderson/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There will be no criminal charges against the white police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black Nashville man, but one noted attorney says a civil lawsuit is possible. Jocques Clemmons, 31, was shot in February after a traffic stop. Subodh Chandra was the Cl

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