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PNS Daily Newscast - December 18, 2017 


Senator John McCain heads home to Arizona ahead of a key vote in D.C. on the GOP Tax plan; also on the rundown: shades of gray, North Carolina's Death Row ages while sentences decline; and a new plan to safeguard wildlife species before they are at risk.

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Public News Service - NV: Criminal Justice

Advocates of two new Nevada laws say the laws combat rampant discrimination against people with a criminal conviction or an eviction in their past. (serggn/iStockphoto)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – An eviction or a criminal conviction can follow a person for decades, making it difficult to get housing or a job. But two new state laws that just took effect aim to help Nevadans get a fresh start. Assembly Bill 327 shortens the time people with a clean post-convictio

The time limit before a person's criminal record can be sealed will be cut substantially under a new Nevada law. (serggn/iStockphoto)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – A new Nevada state law will soon allow people convicted of certain crimes to seal their records much earlier, offering a better chance to get their lives back on track after completing their sentence. Assembly Bill 327, signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval this week, halves the

The DACA program remains in place for now, but advocates for Nevada immigrants say anyone at risk of being detained should have an emergency plan and an attorney. (avidcreative/iStockphoto)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Advocates for Nevada's immigrants are speaking out, educating people on their options in light of the Trump administration's increased enforcement actions. On the campaign trail, Trump had threatened to revoke Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program that allow

A new report calls on Nevada state prisons to lessen their reliance on solitary confinement as discipline.(MarkHiggins/iStockphoto)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – A new report calls for major changes to solitary confinement in Nevada state prisons. Researchers surveyed 291 people incarcerated in isolation who made complaints to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center, or the national n

A Canadian supporter speaks to plaintiff Adolfo Garcia, right, about his lawsuit against a Nevada-based mining company. (Murray Bush/Flux Design)

RENO, Nev. - A mining company headquartered in Reno is in court this week, accused of negligence and battery in a lawsuit tied to violence at a silver mine it owns in Guatemala. Tahoe Resources is being sued by seven protesters who claim they were shot by mine security personnel at the Escobal mine

Anti-corruption watchdog groups say the newest U.S. rules to prevent corporate money laundering don't go nearly far enough. (iStock)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – On the eve of this week's anti-corruption summit in London, consumer watchdog groups maintain the Obama administration's response so far to the Panama Papers money-laundering scandal is inadequate. They're saying it could worsen Nevada's and the U.S.'s reputation as a hav

Nevadans are being urged to wear denim on Wednesday to show support for victims of sexual assault. (DenimDayInfo.org)

LAS VEGAS - Advocates for victims of sexual assault across Nevada are asking people to wear jeans on Wednesday to support them on international Denim Day. It's a protest that started 24 years ago in Italy, where a high-court judge freed an accused rapist, reasoning that because the 18-year-old vict

About 55,000 Nevada children are growing up absent from a parent who's in jail or prison. (iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS - About 55,000 children, or 8 percent of all Nevada kids, grow up with a parent serving time in prison or jail, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation calls it a "Shared Sentence" for kids, families and communities, and says the number of children affected nationally tops

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