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PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - WI: Criminal Justice

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

PHOTO: Changes could be coming to federal laws on juvenile incarceration, as Congress is expected to take up a revision of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Wisconsin juvenile advocates have long said locking up kids is not the answer to the problem. Photo courtesy of justicenotjails.org.

MADISON, Wis. - Just as changes may be coming to Wisconsin's laws on juvenile offenders in the upcoming legislative session, changes may be happening at the federal level as well. Since 1996, Wisconsin law has required that 17 year olds automatically be sent to adult court, which child advocates say

PHOTO: A jail cell is no place for a juvenile, says Jim Moeser of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. He says the state law that mandates 17-year-olds be handled in adult court is not working and could be changed this spring. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

MADISON, Wis. – Since 1996, Wisconsin law has required that 17-year-olds be automatically sent to the adult justice system rather than the juvenile justice system. Advocates for these teens, including Jim Moeser, deputy director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, say the law

PHOTO: A juvenile justice advocate says locking kids up is not an effective way to deal with kids who have problems, and more humane and effective responses to delinquency need to be developed.<br />Photo credit: New Jersey Parents Caucus.

MADISON, Wis. - The United States leads the industrialized world in the rate at which it puts young people in prison, according to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. About 1,000 juveniles now are in jail in Wisconsin. Jim Moeser, deputy director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Fa

PHOTO: Attorney Lance Cooper, who successfully took on General Motors in the product liability case involving faulty ignition switches, says the civil-justice system is a critical element in obtaining justice because often government watchdog agencies aren't doing their job. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Association for Justice.

MADISON, Wis. - Don't look for the government to protect us when faulty products threaten lives. That's the message trial lawyers gathering in Milwaukee this week will hear from trial lawyer Lance Cooper of Atlanta. Although government watchdog agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety A

PHOTO: Attorney Chris Stombaugh, president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says a recent $25 million medical malpractice award in a Milwaukee case, where a woman lost all her limbs because of a missed diagnosis, is a reasonable award, given the catastrophic nature of the woman's injuries. (Photo courtesy of Wisc. Assn. for Justice)

MADISON, Wis. - The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice says a recent verdict demonstrates a need for change in the state's malpractice laws. A Milwaukee woman, Ascaris Mayo, who lost all four limbs because of medical malpractice, recently won a more than $25 million jury verdict, in

GRAPHIC: Operation Wisconsin Dawn Thursday at 7 a.m. will simulate a bombing at Camp Randall Stadium on the UW Campus, and will involve hundreds of law enforcement personnel, medical first responders and volunteer victims. (Logo courtesy of UW Police Department.

MADISON, Wis. – They're calling it Operation Wisconsin Dawn. Thursday at 7 a.m., Camp Randall Stadium on the University of Wisconsin campus will be the scene of a simulated bombing, involving hundreds of law enforcement personnel and emergency responders. UW Police spokesman Marc Lovicott

PHOTO: Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) says there was broad bipartisan support for a bill she co-authored, that will make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to require outside investigation of police-involved shootings that result in a death. (Photo from Rep. Taylor's office)

MADISON, Wis. - When there's a death involving the actions of a law-enforcement officer in Wisconsin, the officer's own agency investigates the incident. However, both houses of the state Legislature have just passed a bill that requires outside investigators to run the probes. Rep. Chris Taylor, D

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