PNS Daily Newscast - November 18, 2019 

President Trump invited to testify in person or in writing, says Pelosi; a battle over the worth of rooftop-solar electricity when it's sold back to the grid; the flu gets an early start; and the value of Texas family caregivers.

2020Talks - November 18, 2019 

Former Pres. Barack Obama cautioned Democrats to be more moderate, and incumbent Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wins over Trump-backed Republican opponent.

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Public News Service - VA: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: Virginia is considering new regulations limiting the use of restraints, like handcuffs, on pregnant inmates.

RICHMOND, Va. - It isn't unusual for inmates to be restrained, but should it happen if they're pregnant or in labor? The Virginia Board of Corrections, under pressure from prisoners' advocates, has OK'd new rules limiting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates. However, the final approval proces

PHOTO: Calls to and from prison inmates can cost them and their families up to 24 times a normal call. The FCC holds a workshop today on whether it should act to discourage prison phone company gouging.

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finally responding to a 10-year-plus effort asking the agency to examine charges of price gouging in the nation's prisons. Today the FCC holds a public workshop to discuss whether or not they should lower the charges for prison phone ca

PHOTO: Activists are fasting at the U.S. Supreme Court this week to protest the death penalty. Jack Payden-Travers of Lynchburg is among them. Photo credit: Scott Langley

WASHINGTON - It has become an annual tradition. Over a four-day period, on the anniversary of Supreme Court cases involving the death penalty, activists fast at the court in protest of capital punishment. This year, the participants from Virginia, including Jack Payden-Travers, Lynchburg, said there

PHOTO: Virginia's tougher texting law goes into effect today. Photo credit: Virginia Tech

RICHMOND, Va. - Starting today, texting while driving is a primary offense in Virginia. That means police can now stop drivers they spot tapping out a text and slap them with a much heftier fine. Janet Brooking, executive director, DriveSmart Virginia, said Virginians should not text when they are

PHOTO: There are looming questions about how ex-felons will be registered to vote in Virginia, and whether they'll be able to cast their ballots this fall.

RICHMOND, Va. – Calling Virginia's ex-felons! Now that Gov. Bob McDonnell has expanded voting rights to non-violent offenders who have served their time, the challenge will be finding and registering them. "The problem is that, especially for folks that have been released and served their

Photo: Children of immigrant families participate in immigration rally on Capitol Hill. Photo credit: First Focus

RICHMOND, Va. - As a U.S. Senate committee prepares to vote this week on a sweeping immigration reform bill, advocates for children say it contains critical provisions for protecting and helping immigrant youth. It includes a pathway to citizenship, and other provisions to keep families together.

Some worry drone use in Virginia would step on privacy rights and they are asking Governor McDonnell to sign a moratorium until rules can be put in place.

RICHMOND, Va. – Look – up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a drone! Drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles) are being used in warfare overseas by the U.S. government, and now there's a big push to use this technology here in Virginia and around the country to aid law enforcemen

PHOTO: The rate at which youth are locked-up in Virginia has declined by 42-percent since 1997. That mirrors a national trend.

RICHMOND, Va. - Fewer young people in the U.S. are going to jail, according to a new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which found that the nation has hit a 35-year low in terms of the numbers of kids being confined. In Virginia, there has been a 42-percent drop in the rate of incarc

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