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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Public News Service - WY: Criminal Justice

Critics of the death penalty say costs to taxpayers can increase by as much as 10 times the cost of seeking a sentence of life in prison without the possibility for parole. (Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – This week more than 250 conservatives, from Wyoming and 43 other states – including Republican state Representative Jared Olsen of Cheyenne – signed a statement calling for an end to the death penalty. The move comes as the Trump administration plans to resume fed

The Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston cares for some 65 patients, down from 85 during renovations. (Pixabay)

EVANSTON, Wyo. – It's been four years since Wyoming State Hospital staff abandoned a patient without food, water or restroom use for more than 24 hours, and advocates describe patient care as still not up to par at the state's largest mental-health facility. Concerns continue about poor medi

Studies spanning more than 30 years, covering virtually every state that uses capital punishment, have found that race is a significant factor in death penalty cases. (Giftedhands/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Dozens of Wyoming residents, civic and faith leaders have launched the Wyoming Campaign to End the Death Penalty in the 2020 legislative session. Sabrina King, director of campaigns for the American Civil Liberties Union of Wyoming, says repealing the death penalty will help

SF 144, which would require Medicaid recipients to work in order to continue coverage, needs a hearing in the Wyoming House of Representatives' Committee of the Whole by Feb. 21 in order to advance. (U.S. Navy)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Proponents of a bill to add work requirements for Medicaid recipients in Wyoming believe the measure will be as successful as similar requirements for people who have left prison and food-stamp recipients. As the measure makes its way through the Legislature, Chris Merrill, ex

In Wyoming, unlike some other states, the penalty for animal abuse can't be increased when the abuse takes place in the presence of a child. (Melanie Vertiz Jimenez)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming has some of the least punitive laws in the country for animal abuse and neglect, according to a new report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The 12th annual Animal Protection Law Ranking rates the Equality State 48th in the nation, ahead of only Iowa and Kentucky.

The number of people in prison or under the supervision of the criminal justice system would rank as the 10th largest town in Wyoming. (Boardhead/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As repair work continues on Wyoming's maximum security prison in Rawlins, a new report suggests ways for the state to relieve some of the stress on its overburdened criminal justice system. Sabrina King, policy director with the ACLU of Wyoming, said "tough on crime" tactics hav

Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill to make it easier for people to vote after they've served their sentences for nonviolent offenses. (Erik Hersman/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming lawmakers are considering a measure this week that would automatically grant nonviolent felons the right to vote again after serving their sentences. Under current law, all people convicted of felonies lose the right to vote while in prison - and nonviolent offenders h

Consumers who use public wireless networks often put sensitive personal information at risk. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Using public wireless networks to check bank accounts, shop and even log into social media accounts could put sensitive personal information in jeopardy, according to new AARP survey. Frank Abagnale, an ambassador with AARP Fraud Watch Network, has been associated with the F

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