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PNS Daily Newscast - February 23, 2018 


As the NRA doubles down on "good guys with guns," the Broward County Sheriff admits an armed deputy did not engage with the Parkland school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: workers across the nation will spend part of their weekend defending the American Dream; and a study says the Lone Star State is distorting Texas history lessons.

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Public News Service - NC: Criminal Justice

This week, a Wake County jury again opted for life in prison instead of the death penalty, making it the ninth time such a decision has been reached in recent years. (Sarah Hina/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – For the ninth time in a row, a Wake County jury chose life in prison without the possibility of parole over the death penalty in a trial this week. The county has not seen a death sentence since 2007, but it has more capital trials than any other county in the state. Robert

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Late Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety lifted a ban on a New York Times best seller – "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness" – just one day after the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said the ban wa

Curtis Mangum, left, pictured with his daughter, died while in Raleigh Police custody and his family is asking for more information on the circumstances surrounding his death. (Mangum family)

RALEIGH, N.C. – This week, the family of a man who died in Raleigh Police custody is hoping to have more answers. Curtis Roeman Mangum began showing signs of medical distress last Wednesday after he was taken into custody with another suspect. He later died after being transferred to WakeM

Resource Institute is one nonprofit managing to push forward with conservation work under the Trump administration. The organization emphasizes job creation as a means to garner support. (Resource Institute)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – With funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and auctions of public lands, the situation seems dire for some of those invested in protecting the country's natural resources. But some organizations are finding ways to work in the current political climate. Reso

As North Carolina's death row inmates age, the justice system faces problems of caring for the population while continuing to fund the inmates' legal bills. (Matthias Mueller/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's death row is aging with almost half of inmates facing a death sentence now 50 years or older. On top of that, 75 percent of them were sentenced more than 15 years ago. Gretchen Engel, executive director of The Center for Death Penalty Litigation, says the o

A judge threw out a financial agreement between Henry McCollum and his attorney after it was found he was wrongfully convicted by the state. (Jenny Warburg)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Seven death-row inmates in North Carolina have been exonerated in recent years. When many of them are released, they're often left to navigate the legal system and a society they haven't been a part of for years or even decades. Often in need of legal assistance, they sometim

Use of the death penalty is declining in North Carolina and the rest of the country, while public support of the punishment is also on the downturn. (Matthias Muller/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The number of Americans who favor the death penalty continues to drop, with a new Gallup poll finding the level of support is at its lowest point since 1972. The survey, which recorded 60 percent in favor of capital punishment last year, found support had declined to 55 percent th

Declining use of the death penalty in North Carolina, coupled with a drop in public support, may indicate the punishment isn't a viable option for prosecutors to use. (Kurt Morrow/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The human and financial cost of the death penalty is taking its toll on the punishment. Death sentences have declined by 90 percent in North Carolina since the 1990s, and data and feedback from district attorneys suggest capital punishment has had its day in the Tar Heel State.

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