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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - NY: Criminal Justice

New York has ended the use of solitary for 16- and 17-year-olds in state prisons, and the Onondaga County Justice Center has been ordered to do the same. (Officer Bimblebury/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A federal judge has ordered the Justice Center in Syracuse to stop putting 16- and 17-year-olds in solitary confinement. The preliminary injunction issued Wednesday was granted in a lawsuit challenging the practice of punishing juveniles held in the adult jail by keeping the

People ordered to empty their pockets often then are arrested for having marijuana in public view. (houstondwiPhotos mp/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A bill to seal the criminal records of New Yorkers arrested for marijuana possession has cleared the state Assembly. Personal possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized in New York 40 years ago, but a loophole in the law allowing arrest for possession "in public vi

For undocumented drivers, a simple traffic stop could lead to deportation. (dwightsghost/flickr.com)

NEW YORK — Issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants would expand opportunities, bring in revenue and increase public safety, according to a pair of new reports. The reports, from the Fiscal Policy Institute and the New York City Comptroller, said that about 265,000 undocumented i

The U.S. Justice Department has submitted a

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The U.S. Justice Department has submitted a "statement of interest" in a lawsuit seeking to end the solitary confinement of juveniles in a New York jail. The lawsuit, filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York, challenges the ongoing p

Moms United believes the war on drugs, attacks on immigrants and on the poor all are interconnected. (A New PATH)

NEW YORK - As 2016 draws to a close, one organization has issued a set of New Year's resolutions calling on mothers everywhere to preserve advances in human rights. Moms United to End the War on Drugs was founded seven years ago to fight policies the group says destroy families and promote mass inc

Zoran Teodorvic was housed in the mental observation unit of Westchester County Jail. (Family of Teodorovic)

NEW YORK – A lawsuit over the death of a mentally ill man beaten by corrections officers in Westchester County 16 years ago still is making its way through the courts. Zoran Teodorovic was being held on a misdemeanor trespassing charge when guards beat him at the Westchester County jail. Fou

More than 80 percent of Americans rely on motor vehicles to get to work. (Jim.henderson/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – New York should join the majority of states in ending the practice of automatically suspending the driver's license of anyone convicted of a non-driving, drug-related offense, according to a new report. The report, by the Prison Policy Initiative, says all but 12 states and the Di

More than 80 percent of LGBT people live in states with laws that criminalize HIV status. (Geralt/Pixabay)<br />

NEW YORK – Today is World AIDS Day and a new report shows that most Americans live in states where outdated laws still can criminalize HIV positive status. New York is one of 38 states with laws that could be used to criminally prosecute people who are HIV positive for potentially exposing a

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