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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - WA: Criminal Justice

GEO Group's contract to operate the Northwest Detention Center expires in 2025. (Common Language Project/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington lawmakers could bring an end to private prisons in the state this session. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Human Services, Re-entry and Rehabilitation held a public hearing on a bill that prohibits new, and phases out existing, contracts for private detention fac

Solitary confinement can have detrimental effects on the developing brains of young people, studies have found. (karenfoleyphoto/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A bill to end solitary confinement for young people in Washington state jails and detention facilities is making its way through the State Legislature. The practice has come under increased scrutiny across the country, including from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent P

Washington state still has an estimated backlog of more than 6,500 untested sexual assault kits. (Sgt. Rebecca Linder/defenseimagery.mil)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- As Washington state continues to test its backlog of sexual assault kits, lawmakers also are looking to reform how kits are managed. A sexual assault kit is a collection of evidence gathered following a rape allegation. One of the first hearings of the session, scheduled for Tu

Hundreds of immigrants have been detained outside courthouses across Washington state since 2017, according to the state Attorney General's office. (Joe Wolf/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing the federal government over its policy of immigration arrests near courthouses. He says the policy violates states' rights to operate their own justice systems under the 10th Amendment and impedes an individual's right to access the

Voting rights could expand to about 21,000 Washingtonians in community custody, with legislation coming to the Statehouse in 2020. (Scott Van Blarcom/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – While many Washingtonians with felony convictions had their voting rights restored a decade ago, barriers – and confusion – remain. A bill in next year's legislative session aims to rectify that. Democratic state Sen. Patty Kuderer of Bellevue wants to allow people in co

Neighbor spoofing is a tactic used by robocallers that makes it seem as if the call is coming from a number with a local area code. (massimo vernicesole/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – Robocalls to Washingtonians are picking up, and AARP Washington has launched a new campaign urging people not to fall for their scams. Washingtonians received nearly 560 million automated calls last year. Doug Shadel, state director of AARP Washington, says harassing and threatenin

Jeff Chale (middle) questioned Washington lawmakers about a law that bars him from filing wrongful death claims on behalf of his daughter. (Washington State Assn. for Justice)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Emily Locke was crossing the street when she was hit by a car and died two months ago. Locke, who had the rare genetic disease Coffin-Siris Syndrome, was known for her advocacy work around the world. Her mother, Cindy Locke, says she had many admirers, including a movie prod

The Yakima Valley Farm Worker's Clinic provides a safe place for 1,400 young people in eastern Washington to go after school. (Yakima Valley Farm Worker's Clinic)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Advocates for youth development and learning programs outside the classroom will be in Olympia on Tuesday. One priority is to boost the role that after-school and summer programs play in preventing children from getting involved in crime and drug use. Beth Monfils coordina

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