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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2018 


Senator Corker demands the Trump administration share intelligence on the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Friday rundown: groups sue over the Texas border wall plan; and the soggy summer in some states may lead to higher pumpkin prices for Halloween.

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Public News Service - WA: Criminal Justice

About 90 percent of people of European descent can expect to have a third cousin on the genealogical DNA website GEDMatch, according to one geneticist. (Libertas Academica/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The use of online genetic databases has helped to crack cold murder cases recently, including two decades-old murders in Washington state. But this technique also is raising ethical questions. The publicly available genealogy site GEDMatch was most notably used to catch the Golde

U.S. appellate judges heard nearly 60,000 cases in 2017. (Joe Wolf/Flickr)

SEATTLE — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin confirmation hearings next week. But one legal expert says President Donald Trump already has made a big impact on the judiciary - and workers' rights are hurting for it. Trump has far outpaced previous presidents at this point

At least 200 people in the Northwest Detention Center have said they will join nationwide prison protests. (Seattle Globalist/Flickr)

TACOMA, Wash. – People in Tacoma's immigration detention center have joined nationwide prison protests that started this week. People incarcerated in at least 17 states are holding peaceful protests, hunger strikes and work stoppages through Sept. 9, the date of the Attica prison uprising in

The private company GEO Group operates the Northwest Detention Center, an immigration prison in Tacoma, Wash. (Seattle Globalist/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Companion bills in Congress aim to increase oversight and put a moratorium on the additional construction of immigration detention centers. The Detention Oversight Not Expansion (DONE) Act introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is in part a r

Because young people respond better to incentives rather than punishment, a Pierce County juvenile probation program offers rewards for completing tasks like community service. (MargJohnsonVA/Twenty20)

TACOMA, Wash. – A new report looks at alternatives to probation being implemented nationwide in juvenile justice courts, including an innovative approach in Washington state. >The Annie E. Casey Foundation report explores ways of effectively modernizing probation for young people while still

King County partners with Choose 180, a diversion program for youths charged with low-level crimes. (Choose 180)

SEATTLE – This month, King County announced it's in the process of moving juvenile justice to its public health division. What does this actually mean for young people and communities in the Seattle area? Sean Goode is the executive director of Choose 180, a diversion program for youths char

The Washington state Supreme Court has implemented a new rule that could reduce racial bias in the jury-selection process. (Jason Rosenberg/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington is set to become the first state to tackle racial bias in the jury-selection process. The new rule, which goes into effect at the end of April, bars attorneys from excluding someone not only for intentional racial bias but also "implicit, institutional and unconscious" b

King County officials say the current youth detention center needs to be replaced because it is run down. (J/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Protests against a new youth detention center in King County continued this week, with opponents blocking the construction site and the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine. Protesters from No New Youth Jail say plans for the new facility run counter to the county's commit

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