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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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A judge in a Kentucky murder case has made a pretrial ruling that the prosecutor can not seek the death penalty because the defendant was younger than 21 at the time of the crime. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A Kentucky judge has issued a pretrial order in a Lexington murder case that could have an impact on the minimum age for the death penalty across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court established 18 as the minimum age in 2005, but since then there has been mounting scientific evide

Those who oppose the death penalty will run an information booth such as this one during Kentucky's second largest festival this week. (Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty)

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - The push for multiple executions in Arkansas has shed a harsh light on the death penalty in America, especially in the South, where capital punishment is legal in every state including Kentucky. Here in the Commonwealth, it's been eight-and-a-half years since the last execution and

Led by a coalition of Catholic and Protestant denominations, weekly

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Every Tuesday, while Kentucky lawmakers are in session, a call for unity and social justice is being sounded at the state Capitol. The Kentucky Council of Churches, a coalition of more than 1,000 Christian congregations, leads a weekly gathering known as the Prayer in Action

Saying it's about the soul of Kentucky, Rep. Jason Nemes is filing legislation to abolish the death penalty. (LRC Public Information)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Two chambers. Two lawmakers from different parties. Similar bills. Republican Representative Jason Nemes and Democrat Senator Gerald Neal are both filing legislation Tuesday in the Kentucky General Assembly to abolish the death penalty. Saying he wants to "stand for life," Ne

Kentuckians will be among the tens of thousands of people at Saturday's Women's March on Washington. (Sierra Club/SergeyIT/iStockphoto)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Donald Trump will be greeted by a massive, grassroots human rights rally during his first full day in office as president this Saturday. The Women's March on Washington will draw people from across the country, including Kentucky. Stephanie Morris plans to make an over

State Rep. Joni Jenkins has received a Champions for Justice Award for her work on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – To survivors of intimate partner violence and their advocates, Joni Jenkins and Laura Sudkamp are champions. The two women, who serve Kentucky in different ways, have received the 2016 Champions of Justice Award. A state representative since 1995, Jenkins has helped secure

An evolving debate continues over the future of the death penalty in Kentucky. (Morguefile)

EDGEWOOD, Ky. – Over the past 10 years, eight states have abolished or overturned their death penalties, while governors in four other states have issued moratoriums. So, is the tide turning in Kentucky, one of 30 states that still allows capital punishment? It has for Amy Carrino, who say

The Kentucky Capitol is one of many across the country where today, clergy and activists will rally against what they see as

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Today is Moral Day of Action at the State Capitol in Frankfort, as well as other capitols across the country with leaders of different faiths joining advocates and activists in a call for lawmakers and candidates to move away from what they see as "regressive, extremist" polic

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