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PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 


Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 13, 2013  


The House passes legislation to reign in drug prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the upswing, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plays Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten - who's running against long-time incumbent Steve King - in a game of basketball.

Public News Service - TX: Criminal Justice

A federal judge has ordered ICE officials to stop requesting local jails to detain some prisoners set for release to determine their immigration status. (SAKDAWUT12/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A federal judge has ordered U.S. immigration officials to stop requesting that local law enforcement detain certain people without a warrant in order to determine their immigration status. The ruling adds fuel to an already fiery debate in Texas and other states over so-called "sa

AARP Texas is helping older people avoid becoming victims of financial abuse by family members or others close to them. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – Becoming older often means needing help from others, but sometimes that help can turn to harm when someone close steals from the elderly. October is Elder Financial Exploitation Awareness Month, and groups including AARP Texas say it's a growing problem that affects the financi

The Karnes County Immigration Detention Center in South Texas is one of dozens around the country operated by private, for-profit corporations. (DHS photo)

AUSTIN, Texas - The federal Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will review its policy of detaining undocumented immigrants in private, for-profit facilities. The announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson comes on the heels of a decision by the Department of Justic

Rights groups in Dallas want to keep the focus on ending police violence against blacks. (Slabbers/iStockphoto)

DALLAS – Dallas begins the healing process today following the shooting deaths of five police officers by a lone sniper during a Black Lives Matter protest last week. President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush and Vice President Joe Biden are among the planned speakers at an int

New research shows thousands of mothers across the country have been acting as advocates for their children in forcing changes in the juvenile justice system. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - As thousands of youths enter the Texas juvenile-justice system each year, a new report says thousands of mothers will face the pain of separation because their child is behind bars. A new report, "Mothers at the Gate" from the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses how some family

The Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault hotline is open in Texas to help people with legal issues that might result from a sexual assault. (southernfried/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Survivors of sexual assault in Texas now have access to a hotline to help them deal with the legal issues they may encounter afterward. The hotline service, called "Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault," can provide free and confidential answers to legal questions and extensive

U.S. immigration officials say they are taking a hands-off policy toward churches that provide sanctuary to refugees who could be deported. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - A church in Texas has given a Guatemalan refugee sanctuary and is hoping that more religious organizations will follow suit. Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas has taken in a woman who church officials will only call Hilda. She says she came to the U.S. to escape vio

The Texas Attorney General has formed a new unit to assist law-enforcement agencies with human-trafficking crimes. (southernfried/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is putting some legal muscle behind current efforts to combat human trafficking in the state. The Texas Attorney General's office has formed a new unit tasked with reducing both labor and sex trafficking and prosecuting the perpetrators. Attorney General Ken Paxton says the

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