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PNS Daily News - December 12, 2019 


A House Committee begins debate on articles of impeachment; Washington state is set to launch a paid family, medical leave program; advocates for refugees say disinformation clouds their case; and a new barrier to abortion in Kentucky.

2020Talks - December 12, 2019 


Today’s the deadline to qualify for this month’s debate, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it - the only non-white candidate who’ll be on stage. Plus, former Secretary Julián Castro questions the order of primary contests.

Public News Service - WI: Criminal Justice

UW-Madison police say allowing firearms at Camp Randall Stadium would be a security nightmare. Courtesy: UW-Madison

MADISON, Wis. – A bill to allow students to carry firearms at Wisconsin's technical colleges and University of Wisconsin System schools is being circulated at the capitol. Right now, those institutions are allowed to ban weapons inside campus buildings. The Republican sponsors of the bill

The Midwest Conference on 21st Century Policing, to be held Oct. 7 at UW-Platteville, will discuss the rapid evolution of community police departments into paramilitary organizations. Credit: usdoj.gov

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - The militarization of local policing will be one of the principal topics at the Midwest Conference on 21st Century Policing, to be held Oct. 7 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. A number of nationally-known policing experts will lead discussions on topics including how p

A Wisconsin criminal defense attorney applauds what he calls a trend in Wisconsin and many other states away from using solitary confinement with inmates. Credit: Paul Fleet/iStockPhoto.com

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Imagine being in a 6-by-10 foot cell with concrete walls, little if any natural light, with minimal human contact for nearly 24 hours a day. That's what the Wisconsin Department of Corrections calls restrictive housing, commonly known as solitary confinement. Criminal Defense At

Clean-government advocates are protesting a bill circulating at the state Capitol. Credit: Anita Burgemeister, Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, Wis. - Late last week, a state Assembly committee advanced a bill that would prevent prosecutors from investigating politicians using a John Doe probe. The legislation could be taken up by the full Legislature this fall. Opponents of the bill, including Jay Heck, executive director of Comm

PHOTO: State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) will once again introduce legislation to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use in Wisconsin, saying the most dangerous thing about marijuana is that it remains illegal in Wisconsin. Photo credit: Dylan Brogan

MADISON, Wis. – To state Rep. Melissa Sargent, a Madison Democrat, the numbers tell the story when it comes to legalizing marijuana use in Wisconsin. Each time a police officer makes a stop for marijuana possession, it costs taxpayers on average $425, and there are far more arrests for marij

PHOTO: Democratic State Representative Chris Taylor of Madison, co-author of Wisconsin's unique law that requires outside investigation when a police officer shoots and kills someone, is confident the new law will work in the recent incident in Madison where a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man. But she says the state Division of Criminal Investigation needs funds to hire more investigators. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Taylor)

MADISON, Wis. - In the wake of the shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri early this morning, more eyes may turn to Wisconsin and its similar troubles. Just under a year ago, Wisconsin became the first state in the nation to pass a law that forbids police agencies from investigating incidents thems

PHOTO: Professor, author, and cultural critic Marc Lamont Hill will deliver the keynote address tomorrow in a celebration of Black History Month on the UW-Madison campus. The award-winning activist, journalist and TV host will talk about what he observed in Ferguson, Mo., several months ago. Photo credit: BET.

MADISON, Wis. - Marc Lamont Hill, a host on HuffPost Live and BET news and a CNN political contributor, will give the keynote address Thursday at the Black History Month observation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hill reported from Ferguson, Mo., last summer in the aftermath of the police

PHOTO: This car was painted up by Wisconsin law enforcement authorities to graphically demonstrate the difference in dollar cost between taking a taxi home after having had too much to drink, rather than put the public at risk by drunken driving and getting arrested for it. (Photo credit: Gilman Halsted, WPR)

MADISON, Wis. - Even though Wisconsin is on track for the lowest number of traffic fatalities in several years, the drinking culture that permeates the state is expected to remain prominent during the holiday season, with drunken driving a perennial problem. Jan Withers, national president of Mother

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