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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - NM: Criminal Justice

A new report says fees and fines imposed in the juvenile-court system often become major setbacks to families who are already financially strapped. (Youth Justice Coalition)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Fines and fees within the juvenile-justice system can be crushing for families, according to a new report. According to the nonprofit Juvenile Law Center, young people who can't pay for alternative programs may do time when a wealthier offender may not. In some states, the report s

Gov. Kurt Riley with the Pueblo of Acoma speaks at a news conference announcing the introduction of the STOP Act in Congress. (Heinrich Staff Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Outrage over recent attempts to auction Native American artifacts in Europe has spurred the introduction of legislation in the U.S. Senate aimed at halting the theft and sale of sacred items. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico introduced the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimon

A proposal for $41 million in President Obama's budget proposal would help New Mexico and others clear the backlog of untested rape kits. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Victims advocacy groups are hailing the inclusion of $41 million in President Barack Obama's proposed budget to help address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, also called rape kits, across the United States. In New Mexico, a 2015 audit discovered more than 5,400

At least one New Mexico conservation group says the armed militia that took over over a national wildlife refuge is treading on other Americans' public lands and their right to enjoy them. (DodgertonSkillhouse/morguefile)

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – The director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation traveled to rural Oregon this week to join a group of people protesting the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by a small band of armed men. The occupation is entering its second week near the small to

New Mexico officials discovered more than 5,400 untested rape kits during a recent audit of police evidence lockers. (click/morguefile)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Victims' rights advocates are hoping New Mexico officials take steps during the upcoming legislative session to deal with the state's backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, or rape kits. A state audit discovered more than 5,400 kits still sitting in police evidenc

A bill coming again to the 2016 New Mexico Legislature would require unlicensed gun dealers to perform background checks before selling firearms at gun shows. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Unlicensed gun dealers would be required to perform background checks before selling firearms at gun shows in a bill pending in the upcoming New Mexico legislative session. The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, said it would close what he called a "dangerous

Pastor Rodgers says the bombing will not deter church services or its mission in the community. Courtesy: Calvary Baptist Church

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Pastor Scott Rodgers with Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces, one two churches in the city where bombs exploded during Sunday morning services, says the violent act will not deter his church's mission. Rodgers says it is remarkable there were no injuries from either blast

PHOTO: Two Albuquerque police officers involved the fatal shooting of a homeless man are facing possible murder charges.<br />Photo credit: Dick Elbers/Wikimedia Commons.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg is pursuing murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers in the shooting death of a homeless man named James Boyd last March. The shooting occurred in the foothills of the nearby Sandia Mountains. Brandenburg announc

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