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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - FL: Criminal Justice

Itís been more than 18 months since Florida conducted an execution. (Calif. Dept. of Corrections/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time in state history, Florida is scheduled to execute a white man for killing a black person. Mark James Asay's death warrant schedules his execution for six o-clock this evening. Asay was convicted by a jury for two racially-motivated and premeditated murd

Keeping troubled kids in their community is credited for the success of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which began in Florida. (Joanna Malinowska/Freestock)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — What began as an effort to revamp the approach to juvenile detention in one Florida county has spread to hundreds of sites across the country, and has led to widespread reform. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative launched in 1987 in

State lawmakers will begin addressing challenges to Florida's death-penalty law this week. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The future of capital punishment in Florida is in question after a series of puzzling rulings from the state's highest court - and some believe it's time to do away with the death penalty altogether. In December, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that nearly 200 death row inmate

A bill before Congress would crack down on horse slaughter for meat, in the United States and abroad. (lauramusikanski/morguefile)

MIAMI — The arrest of a Miami-Dade man for selling horse meat to undercover agents this month is being called an important step toward infiltrating the secret world of horse slaughter. But animal-rights groups say much more needs to be done. It may surprise many to know that horse slaughter

Thousands of Floridians are calling for an investigation into Attorney General Pam Bondi's handling of the Trump University fallout. (FL.gov)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Even as Pam Bondi appeared on stage at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, a growing chorus of Floridians was demanding to know if the state attorney general's support for Donald Trump crossed legal and ethical lines. It's being called a Pay to Look the Ot

Critics of the Black Lives Matter movement are increasingly responding with

TAMPA, Fla. – It's become a common conversation: One person says, "Black lives matter," and another responds, "No, all lives matter." But one Florida activist says that's missing the point. Char Singleton, an organizer with the community group Tampa for Justice, says many people misinterpr

A new report looks at the influence a handful of prosecutors, including two in Florida, have had on the death penalty. (southernfried/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Capital punishment has become increasingly rare in the United States, but it's still legal in several states, including Florida. A new report looks at just how much "life or death" power prosecutors have and how they choose to use it. Of the thousands of elected and appointed pr

Gun-safety advocates want lawmakers to return to the Florida Capitol by the end of the month. (Globetrotter/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While memorial services and funerals continue for the 49 victims of last week's mass shooting in Orlando, a coalition of groups believes now is the time to turn grief into action. The League of Women Voters of Florida hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Ste

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