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PNS Daily Newscast - Monday, Aug 21st, 2017 


Here are some of the stories we're covering today: big protest planned against President Trump today,a huge gathering in Maine on Sunday mourning the loss of three people killed during a white nationalist rally and it's eclipse day but a moon of a different sort caught the country's attention about twenty five years ago.

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Public News Service - AR: Criminal Justice

Many people in Arkansas jails and prisons have mental-health issues, and state officials have created a program to divert more of them to treatment instead of incarceration. (Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As many as 5,000 people in Arkansas jails and prisons may have mental-health issues, studies show, and state officials are taking steps to change that. The Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill to provide alternatives to jail for these people, and expand crisis intervention t

Groups that oppose the death penalty are critical of Arkansas' plan to execute eight prisoners in 11 days in April. (Wikimedia)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Despite a decline in states' use of the death penalty in recent years, Arkansas officials are planning an unprecedented string of executions in April. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has scheduled the deaths of eight inmates in 11 days - all convicted of murder - after Arkansas Attorney Gen

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

GRAPHIC: New AARP research indicates too many Arkansans leave themselves vulnerable to online scams, although there are simple ways to themselves. Courtesy AARP's Fraud Watch Network.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Many Arkansans are leaving themselves vulnerable to online fraud, despite being concerned about it, according to a new study. Michael Rowett, associate state director for communications at AARP Arkansas, said their survey found more than eight out of 10 wired Arkansans are worri

Arkansas police address thousands of incidents a year at schools, and some say the state is inadvertently jailing young offenders who don't need to be locked up. PHOTO courtesy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Police are responding to thousands of incidents at Arkansas schools. Some say that is crowding the juvenile justice system with young offenders who do not need to be jailed. According to Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families (AACF), police file more than 3,000 incident repor

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

PHOTO: Molly B, a service dog from the Courthouse Dogs Foundation in Washington state, will be in Little Rock next week, and her visit might spark a program to bring her kin to Arkansas to help abused children going through the legal system. Courtesy of the Courthouse Dogs Foundation.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Organizers hope one thing to come out of a conference next week will be that service dogs will accompany Arkansas children who have to testify about abuse and neglect. Molly B won't be a keynote speaker at the MidSOUTH Training Academy's child abuse conference – mayb

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

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