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PNS Daily Newscast - August 16, 2017 


On our rundown today: Trump says there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday; a Minnesota church leader urges people to stand up against hate groups; and civil rights groups are outraged over the potential pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Public News Service - TN: Criminal Justice

In Tennessee, suspected drunk drivers can now refuse to take a blood-alcohol test without facing additional fines or jail time. (Rob Nguyen/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – People accused of drunk driving in Tennessee no longer face additional charges if they refuse a blood alcohol test. Tennessee lawmakers say they were forced to pass a new drunk driving law after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that implied-consent laws were unconstitutional,

One noted attorney says it would be possible for the family of Jocques Clemmons to pursue a civil penalty in connection to his death. (Brandon Anderson/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There will be no criminal charges against the white police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black Nashville man, but one noted attorney says a civil lawsuit is possible. Jocques Clemmons, 31, was shot in February after a traffic stop. Subodh Chandra was the Cl

Rutherford County now is temporarily prevented from holding juveniles in solitary confinement until a lawsuit is resolved. (Hannah/flickr.com)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Tennessee counties may be reconsidering their use of solitary confinement for juveniles after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting Rutherford County from subjecting youths to isolation cells. The ruling comes as a result of a lawsuit filed on behalf of

Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation that would expand places where people holding gun permits can carry their weapons. (Kimberly Young)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Tennessee lawmakers are pushing ahead with bills HB1083 and SB0647, that would expand places where gun-permit holders can carry their weapons to include schools and state or local government buildings. While supporters of the legislation say it would improve the ability

Nashville's Metro Council is considering a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. (Torben Hansen/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As it stands, getting caught with marijuana in Tennessee could leave you with a criminal record or even jail time. But a measure to decriminalize the drug has made it through one vote at Nashville's Metro Council. While legalizing pot is a hard sell to some, the push to dec

A small fraction of Tennessee prison inmates are offered the life-saving anti-viral drugs recommended to treat hepatitis-C. (Stéphane Lavoie/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Of the 3,400 inmates with hepatitis-C in Tennessee's prisons, only eight are receiving the antiviral drugs that could save their life. That statistic, released by the state Department of Corrections earlier this year - is one of the reasons the American Civil Liberties Union of Te

Tennessee will receive $250,000 from the CDC to support programs that help educate the population and prevent injury related mortality and domestic violence. (NariSin/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee programs will receive a quarter of a million dollars to support injury and violence prevention programs. The grant is part of $30 million distributed nationwide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce injury and violence related mortal

Full-time employees of Tennessee public colleges and universities now will be able to register with their school to carry a gun on campus if they already have proper permitting. (Morguefile.com)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- As the subject of gun laws takes center stage in the wake of the Orlando massacre, Tennessee college campus police are beginning to process registrations for employees who wish to carry guns while at work. The law allowing for full-time employees to carry guns on campus takes ef

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