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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2017 


Featured on our nationwide rundown; President Trump’s reported comments to a grieving military widow raising some eyebrows; we’ve got a breakdown on the impact of “Trumpcare” in states like Colorado; and a look back 50 years at Dow Chemical protests that turned violent in Wisconsin.

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Public News Service - NY: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Around the country, thousands of rape kits have sat for years without being tested. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – New York City is getting some federal help to eliminate its backlog of untested rape kits. The Justice Department's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative is distributing $34 million to 20 jurisdictions around the country. The grants will help test kits that have often sat in evidence lock

Immigrants who are the victims of domestic violence can apply for permanent resident status. (U.S. State Dept.)

NEW YORK – Legal advocates for immigrant women say the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president has caused a wave of panic among their clients. Her Justice is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income women in New York City get free legal services in family, divorce and immig

Women formed a human wall outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. Similar protests were held in more than a dozen other U.S. cities. (Brigid Flaherty)

NEW YORK - Women dressed in black protested Tuesday outside Trump campaign offices in at least 15 cities around the nation. In New York, a multiracial group of women led by survivors of sexual assault formed a human wall outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan. Brigid Flaherty, who helped organize

New York's attorney general reaches a settlement deal with dozens of online retailers accused of selling illegal toy guns to consumers in the state. (Cam G/freeimages.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Thirty online retailers will stop selling realistic-looking toy guns to New Yorkers as part of a settlement with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office. Officials say the toys violate state law requiring toy guns to be brightly colored or have colored striping. The look-alikes

Experts say an increasing incarceration rate for women is having negative effects on their families and communities. (Lauren J/freeimages.com).

NEW YORK – Women are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. prison population with their numbers rising steadily for three decades. The American Civil Liberties Union attributes the trend partly to the war on drugs and incarceration of nonviolent offenders, which describes more than 80 perc

About 800 New Yorkers turned out at the site where Eric Garner was killed in police custody to call attention to the need for better police accountability. Courtesy: Make the Road NY

NEW YORK - About 800 New Yorkers used the long weekend to call attention to pending measures intended to increase police accountability. Adilka Pimentel, organizer with Make the Road New York, says her group has been pushing for measures such as the Right to Know Act for several years now. She s

Pope Francis' U.S. visit sparks mixed feelings among church sexual-abuse victims and their advocates about his response to the scandal. Credit: Patrick Nijhuis/freeimages.com

NEW YORK - The historic U.S. visit of Pope Francis has refocused attention on the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal. Although the pontiff has vowed to root out child sex predators from the Church, which has cost billions in legal expenses, victims of clergy sexual abuse want the pope to do more.

Thousands of rape kits sit on police shelves for years. Credit: Rape Kit Action Project.

NEW YORK – Law enforcement agencies in 20 states soon will be getting grants to solve a longstanding problem – evidence in rape cases that often goes untested for years. New York City District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has announced that he will be using $38 million taken in civil fo

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