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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - MT: Criminal Justice

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

PHOTO: The youth incarceration rate in Montana has dropped by 28-percent, due to changes in policies on not sending low-level offenders to detention facilities.

MISSOULA, Mont. - The number of youths behind bars in Montana has dropped, mirroring a nationwide trend. A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the rate of incarceration for young people in Montana was down 28 percent from 1997 to 2010. It didn't happen by accident, sa

GRAPHIC: Montanans are dancing

MISSOULA, Mont. - Up to 100 men and women will be putting on the moves today in Missoula as a Valentine's Day flash mob. They'll be dancing at the University of Montana Oval and Caras Park, as part of the international One Billion Rising project calling for an end to violence against women. Tarn R

GRAPHIC: The Custer Network Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault is spreading the word about National Stalking Awareness Month.

MILES CITY, Mont. - January is Stalking Awareness Month in Montana, where a campaign is under way to "Know it. Name it. Stop it." State law lists stalking as a crime, but Caroline Fleming, executive director of the Custer Network Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault, says it's not an easy one

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