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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 - MN: Criminal Justice

A new approach to investigating child sexual abuse should better equip small towns to deal with the problem. (First Witness)

DULUTH, Minn. – A conference today in Duluth brings together police, lawyers, social workers and doctors for a new approach to helping victims of child sexual abuse. Instead of dealing separately with various agencies and professionals, victims are interviewed only one time. A video of that

Women between ages 40 and 60 are most vulnerable to romance scams. (gettyimages)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- February is traditionally prime time for romance, but it's also a time when internet scammers are out looking for victims. Experts advise Minnesotans to proceed with caution before they let their hearts - and their finances - get tangled up in a romantic scheme. Special Agent Ga

As the Department of Justice plans to end its use of private prisons, Minnesota's correctional officer's union wants to keep a private facility in Appleton permanently shuttered. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Justice's plan to end its use of private prisons is renewing calls to keep a private Minnesota facility permanently closed. Some state lawmakers have been considering a plan to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. But the idea has b

Activists, lawmakers and civil rights groups are calling for policy changes in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The fatal police shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop near St. Paul has sparked outrage from community activists and some state lawmakers. Protests were held outside the Minnesota Governor's Residence today over a traffic stop gone wrong in which the 32-year-old blac

Minnesota lawmakers continue to consider reopening a controversial for-profit prison in Appleton, even as opposition grows. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers will again consider two bills aimed at reopening a controversial for-profit prison, as one of the state's largest labor groups continues to oppose the idea. If House File 3223 and its counterpart in the Senate become law, the privately-owned Prairie Correction

One of Minnesota's largest employee unions does not want lawmakers to reopen a for-profit prison in the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - State lawmakers today may consider reopening a controversial Minnesota for-profit prison, in a move that some critics are calling "immoral." A state Senate committee is expected to look over a lease proposal to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. Eliot Seide, exe

A bipartisan group is targeting Minnesota for more criminal justice reforms in 2016. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bipartisan criminal justice reform group is looking to expand its reach in several states this year, including Minnesota. The North Star State's prisons already are overcrowded by about 500 inmates and that problem is expected to grow over the next six years. Jenna Moll is depu

A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons

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