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PNS Daily Newscast - August 16, 2017 


On our rundown today: Trump says there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday; a Minnesota church leader urges people to stand up against hate groups; and civil rights groups are outraged over the potential pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Public News Service - AR: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

The Arkansas Legislature has passed an anti-abortion bill banning a common medical procedure and allowing family members to block a woman from having it. (mj00007/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Women's health advocates and legal experts say they don't expect a new Arkansas law blocking a certain type of abortion procedure to survive challenges in court. The new law bans a standard medical procedure used in rare, second-trimester abortions, and also allows a woma

Police officers in Arkansas are giving out Laura's Card to anyone involved in a domestic situation to try to combat the rise in domestic violence.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says one of every three has been a victim of physical violence by an intimate partner within her lifetime. For men, the numbers are also high: One in every

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Connect the dots to prevent child abuse and neglect. "What's Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month, where Arkansans are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families and consider those actions as "dots." B

This week the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County will host an event with Erin Merryn - the abuse victim behind the national push for education on the subject. Child advocates say that kind of education is the best way to prevent what happened to Merryn from happening to others.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A new law, and a new education effort started by it, should leave fewer places for child sexual abuse to be hidden in Arkansas, according to children's advocates. Erin's Law, which was enacted here this spring, is starting the process of putting a program about abuse in the schoo

Leticia Reta is an undocumented immigrant living in Little Rock. She says for many years she was married to a man who beat her, but was afraid to leave because he threatened to have her deported. PHOTO courtesy of Reta.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - There are a lot of immigrant women in the United States who are abused, but afraid to say anything because they could be deported. Leticia Reta of Little Rock used to be one of those women, but she's not any more. Reta came to the U.S. two decades ago, and for years was married

PHOTO: There are Children's Advocacy Centers in every state, where kids who have been abuse victims can come for medical and mental health care services. This one is in Georgia. Courtesy of Twin Cedars Youth & Family Services.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - People who run the dozen Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Arkansas celebrated this month - but only briefly - as both the U.S. House and Senate appropriations committees kept their federal funding in the budget. It's one step in a longer process. The centers coordinate child

PHOTO: With hopes of preventing or stopping child sexual abuse, Arkansas has become the 7th state in the U.S. to adopt Erin's Law. It's named after Erin Merryn, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse turned national advocate. Courtesy of Merryn.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The task force being created under Arkansas' new "Erin's Law" is expected to be assembled soon and convene for the first time this summer. State Rep. John Baine, D-El Dorado, said the panel will look at the best ways to teach children who are being sexually abused that they need

PHOTO: Teresa Huizar, National Children's Alliance, has traveled from Arkansas to Washington, D.C., this week to ask members of Congress to support funding the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Courtesy of National Children's Alliance.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Congress is getting visits today from people concerned that funding for child abuse survivors and investigators is falling by the wayside in federal budget negotiations. The Victims of Child Abuse Act has been "zeroed out" in President Obama's 2014 budget proposal. The same thing

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