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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - MT: Criminal Justice

Montana is going through a backlog of more than 1,100 untested sexual assault kits. (Herney/Pixabay)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana is getting more federal help to test its backlog of sexual assault kits. The U.S. Justice Department's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative is distributing $34 million to 20 jurisdictions around the country. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says the $1 million his state is

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed President Barack Obama's efforts to phase out private prisons. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana has the nation's second largest population incarcerated in private prisons. According to the criminal justice reform group The Sentencing Project, the state's private prison population grew by 50 percent between 2000 and 2015, and now tops 40 percent of the people in

House candidate Greg Gianforte, who won Thursday's special election, was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly throwing a Guardian reporter to the ground. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. MDT Friday. BOZEMAN, Mont. – Media organizations are condemning Wednesday's attack on a Guardian reporter by GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte in Bozeman, and also are calling on political leaders to tone down the rhetoric against journalists. In his vic

Montana officials rescued 5 minors and 22 adults from human trafficking last year. (Imagens Evangélicas/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and Montana is not immune to the crime often referred to as modern-day slavery. Human trafficking involves labor or sex slavery and can leave victims physically and emotionally scarred. Although overall numbers are small, the

A legislative committee meets today to finalize proposed changes to rape laws in Montana. (KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStockphoto)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana lawmakers will meet Monday in Helena to finalize changes to proposed state laws on crimes involving sexual violence - bills that could then be introduced in the 2017 legislative session. The Montana Law and Justice Interim Committee reviewed the latest drafts of six bills.

New limits have been placed on the cost of phone calls in prison. Credit: Arnoshwithal/morguefile

WASHINGTON - Phone calls to and from prison inmates in Montana will cost a lot less starting next year, thanks to a decision Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC voted to cap the rates and fees and strongly discouraged the providers' practice of paying commissions to the priso

Lethal injection faces a major roadblock in Montana. Credit: davidhills/iStock

HELENA, Mont. - The death penalty is at a stalemate in Montana, after a judge blocked the use of a particular lethal injection drug on Tuesday. Capital punishment remains legal, and while efforts to abolish it have failed, so have efforts to revive it. The judge ruled that pentobarbital cannot be

PHOTO: Having a parent in prison is more common than childhood autism in the U-S. That detail was revealed in a new report from Volunteers of America, which seeks to raise awareness of what life is like for the children and their caregivers. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. – Having a parent in prison is more common than childhood autism in the U.S., according to a new report from Volunteers of America, which seeks to raise awareness of what life is like for the children and their caregivers. Beth Poffenberger Lovell, director of Family Strengthen

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