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PNS Daily Newscast _ March 31, 2020 


Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - VA: Criminal Justice

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

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

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