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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 rejected the Trump's campaign for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - TX: Criminal Justice

AUSTIN, Texas - Hundreds of community leaders and immigrant-rights supporters from across the state are rallying at the Capitol today, denouncing legislation designed to crack down on illegal immigration. GOP lawmakers are trying to appease a segment of their party for political purposes at the exp

AUSTIN, Texas - The planned execution of a Mexican man next month in Texas is sparking bipartisan appeals to Governor Rick Perry. The 1994 prosecution of Humberto Leal Garcia violated international law, according to an array of retired military leaders, judges, and diplomats, who say Leal was depriv

AUSTIN, Texas - Legal Aid for the poor is, once again, in jeopardy. A measure that would have raised $20 million for the program that provides basic legal services to more than 104,000 low-income Texas families each year was quietly dropped in the final days of the regular legislative session. Now,

SAN JUAN, Texas - The beginning of June marks the start of hurricane season, which is expected to be more active than normal this year, according to the National Weather Service. Advocates for border communities say lives will be needlessly lost in south Texas if authorities don't send a clear signa

AUSTIN, Texas - Attempts to allow private contractors to set up shop in Texas's billion-dollar prison health care system are expected to continue today. A measure defeated in a House committee is popping up again on the House floor. An amendment by Rep. Mark Shelton (R-Fort Worth) would open the doo

HOUSTON - After a forensic psychologist was banned this month from making retardation evaluations in Texas courts, defense attorneys hoped to reopen past convictions that used his now-discredited testimony. But with courts extremely wary of revisiting any closed case, it may take legislative action

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers are considering measures today that would address a chronic shortfall in funding for state legal aid programs. Less than a quarter of those whose low incomes qualify them for legal aid are now able to access the help they need. Past legislatures have addressed the pro

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers are trying to decide whether privatizing more jails would save money. Opponents fear such a measure would reverse recent reforms of the state's correctional system. Ana Correa, executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, says Texas now leads the nati

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