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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 - VA: Criminal Justice

WASHINGTON - Phone calls from prison to an inmate's home can cost up to 24 times a normal call. After more than 10 years of trying to get the government - specifically the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - to do something about it, advocates are stepping up the pressure. Petitions with 40,00

PHOTO:  It is illegal to offer payday internet loans to Virginians, but that hasn't stopped out-of state companies from doing it.

RICHMOND, Va. - West Virginia's Attorney General Darrell McGraw has won a settlement with Lakota Cash, an Internet payday lender based in South Dakota, because it didn't comply with state laws, and a Virginia interfaith group is asking that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli take a stand again

Kids in Jail

ARLINGTON, Va. - The nation's juvenile justice system is in crisis, according to a new report that includes data gathered from more than 1,000 families across the country who have dealt with the issue firsthand. The report cites research that shows locking up children in adult-like prisons puts them

RICHMOND, Va. - A new law set to go into effect in Virginia on Sunday will make the act of strangulation or choking a felony - a more serious offense than the Class 1 assault-and-battery misdemeanor charge now on the books. One advocate for the new law, Michael Ducette, commonwealth attorney for th

RICHMOND, Va. - Reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) remains in limbo. The legislation has implications for the victims of rape, stalking and domestic violence in Virginia and around the nation. Originally enacted in 1994, the Senate passed a reauthorization last month (

RICHMOND, Va. - From veterans facing foreclosure to domestic violence victims in need of protection, the number of people who qualify for legal assistance in Virginia is on the rise. Legal Aid offers services that help people who can't afford to pay hefty attorney fees to better navigate the often-c

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia has come a long way when it comes to assisting with domestic and sexual violence issues. This weekend, the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance will review its progress in the past 30 years, while honoring 30 individuals for their work in education, protection

PENNINGTON GAP, Va. - A small, rural area of southwestern Virginia was a launching pad in the 1990s for a then-newly-approved pain-relief drug, Oxycontin. According to locals, drug addiction and crime became rampant as a result. The town of Pennington Gap was populated mostly by coal miners and lo

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