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PNS Weekend Newscast - May 27th, 2016 


In the news this weekend: an attack in Egypt kills over two dozen people, President Trump's son in law is under the microscope in the Russian spying investigation, and it may take an entire village to save the planet.

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Public News Service - KY: Criminal Justice

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

Kentucky Senate Judiciary Chair Whitney Westerfield is pushing legislation aimed at reducing disparities in how minority youth are treated by the juvenile-justice system. (LRC Public Information)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Legislation aimed at addressing the disparities in how Kentucky treats minority youth is on the Senate Judiciary Committee's agenda for Thursday. The Senate Judiciary chair Whitney Westerfield has filed Senate Bill 20 that he says will collect "consistent" data on age, gende

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

There is no age limit in Kentucky for when a child in trouble can be sent to court. Advocates want that changed, with a focus on options outside the court system. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Youth advocates say court is no place for young kids who get in trouble. In fact, they say, it can do more harm than good. But, Kentucky does not have a minimum age requirement to determine when children can be sent to court. According to a report from Kentucky Youth Advocates, b

Securing safe, affordable housing is often the biggest challenge facing victims of domestic violence. A new program seeks to help them overcome that barrier. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – For the first time, a Rapid Re-Housing Program is being taken statewide to help victims of domestic violence. Using a $259,000 grant from the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state's network of 15 shelters will provide rental assistance to at least 40 women in any Kentucky co

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

Randy Steidl, who spent 12 years on death row in Illinois for a crime he did not commit, is in Kentucky this week making his plea for the state to abolish capital punishment. (Pat Delahanty)

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – He was innocent, but spent 12 years on death row in Illinois for a 1986 double murder. Eventually exonerated, Randy Steidl is now on a crusade to ban capital punishment. Over the next three nights Steidl will speak in Pikeville, Prestonsburg and Whitesburg. Three days in

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

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