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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 - NC: Criminal Justice

Critics say U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' renewed

RALEIGH, N.C. - A directive from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions could shift additional burdens on the state's already crowded prison system and place a disproportionate number of minority defendants in jail. On Friday, Sessions announced he was directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most

A law before the State Assembly would reclassify any assault of a North Carolina police officer as a hate crime, which presents its own consequences for some communities. (Victor/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. — At first glance, the First Responders Act of 2017 currently being considered by the state House seems to have the noblest of intentions: It offers tax breaks for firefighters and rescue workers, exempts widows of emergency personnel from paying property taxes, and establishes f

A national report highlights the role race plays in those wrongfully convicted of crimes, including in North Carolina. (Sarah Hinah/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Last year, North Carolina exonerated eight people in prison, and six of them were African American. The state data is part of a report from the National Registry of Exonerations. It examined national records and found that a majority of people determined to have been wrongfully

Orange County resident Tom High has been arrested three times for civil disobedience at the General Assembly.  (Courtesy of Kevin Smith)

RALEIGH, N. C. – As historic numbers of North Carolina citizens are engaging in the political process, some state lawmakers are looking for ways to criminalize protesting. House Bill 249, known as the "Economic Terrorism Bill," would outlaw acts of protest such as disrupting traffic or busine

For the seventh time in a row, a Wake County jury opted for life in prison without parole for a person where prosecutors were pursuing the death penalty. (Matthias Muller/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Nathan Holden, convicted of the murders of his in-laws and beating of his ex-wife, will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole. That's the decision of a Wake County jury late last week, marking the seventh time in a row a jury in that county rejected the death p

There are 148 people currently on North Carolina's death row. (Sarah Hinna/Flickr)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- After spending more than 20 years on death row, Phillip Davis has now been re-sentenced to life in prison instead. The decision was handed down Friday in a Buncombe County courtroom after attorneys for the Center for Death Penalty Litigation successfully argued that under today'

A federal civil-rights complaint alleges that North Carolina's sexual-offender laws violate offenders' civil rights. (North Charleston/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Restrictions placed on registered sex offenders in North Carolina have expanded in recent years, and now a national group has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit on behalf of two convicted sex offenders in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. People on the

Beyond Gun Violence Conference in Chapel Hill invites people of all faiths to learn about how gun reform finds its roots in religious teachings. (vuvanhahung/Flickr)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Coming on the heels of the millions who participated in the Women's March on Washington and sister events, this weekend will bring another opportunity for civic engagement. Religious and community organizations are holding a preach-in event to educate people of faith on gun

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