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PNS Daily News - September 25, 2017 


Here’s a look at what we’re highlighting: new travel restrictions announced for eight countries; research highlights a drop in uninsured kids; and weekend protests over the House Speaker’s tax plan.

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Public News Service - OR: Criminal Justice

Oregon has a backlog of about 4,900 untested rape kits, according to a 2015 report. (April Davis/Oregon Military Dept. Public Affairs)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Justice Department has released a first-of-its-kind report detailing the best practices for handling sexual-assault kits. In Oregon, that number is in the thousands. The report from the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the Justice Department, includes 35 recom

President Trump veered off in a speech Friday about the criminal gang MS-13 to tell police not to be

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Communities and police departments in Oregon and across the nation are responding to President Trump's comments to police on Friday that they shouldn't be "too nice" with suspects. His comments come at a time when tensions are running high between law enforcement and the public.

Two bills passed by the Oregon Legislature aim to divert more people from prison. (Jeff Clark/Bureau of Land Management)

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon legislative session ended this week, and according to advocates for people in prison, sentencing reform was a big winner. House Bill 3078, known as the "Safety and Savings Act" and passed last week, would divert women convicted of certain property crimes - often driven by d

Immigrants' rights advocates want clear guidelines for the types of information that state and local agencies can release about undocumented Oregonians. (Greg Wahl-Stephens/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. – As Oregon lawmakers enter their final days of the session, immigrants' rights advocates are pushing state senators to pass a bill protecting the privacy of undocumented Oregonians. Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum spearheaded House Bill 3464, to give guideli

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that could keep the state from having to build a second women's prison. (Ztranger/iStockphoto)

SALEM, Ore. - As the population at Oregon's sole women's prison swells, lawmakers are left with a choice: Should the state build a new women's prison or consider alternatives to lower the prison population? House Bill 3078, known as the "Safety and Savings Act," which is to get a hearing in the Ore

A new report finds that one-quarter of the people on Oregon's death row have an intellectual disability. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. — One-quarter of people on Oregon's death row most likely suffer from some form of intellectual disability or brain damage, according to a new report. The Fair Punishment Project found that, alongside those with intellectual disabilities, people who endured severe childhood tr

A new report says the number of people incarcerated could be cut drastically without endangering the public. (LisaRedfern/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nearly 40 percent of people are behind bars for no compelling public safety reason, according to a new report. The Brennan Center for Justice report, How Many Americans are Unnecessarily Incarcerated? looks at state and federal prison populations, and suggests numbers could be

A new report analyzes the rise of anti-government groups in Oregon, including those who took over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (BarkWatchdogforMtHood/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A new report details the rise of anti-government groups in Oregon, up to and beyond the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Political Research Associates and the Rural Organizing Project collaborated on Up in Arms: A Guide to Oregon's Patriot Movement. Le

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