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PNS Weekend Newscast - April 29th, 2017 


Here's what's happening: Donald Trump has now been president of the United States for 100 days, the People's Climate march on Washington is taking place today, and another missle launch from North Korea.

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Public News Service - TX: Criminal Justice

People on death row in Texas spend up to 23 hours a day in solitary confinement. A new report calls that torture and a violation of human rights. (Solitary Watch)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Texas prison system's policy of housing all people on death row in solitary confinement is a form of torture and a violation of human rights, according to a new study. The report from the University of Texas School of Law, finds that the state houses a person awaiting execut

A bill pending before the Texas Legislature would send 17-year-old offenders through the juvenile-justice system rather the adult criminal-justice system. (Popov/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is one of only a handful of states that still prosecutes 17-year-olds as adults in its criminal justice system, but state lawmakers could soon change that. A coalition of advocacy groups is backing House Bill 122, to change the age of criminal responsibility to 18, movi

Texas is debating

AUSTIN, Texas - The fight over sanctuary cities in Texas has become a high-profile political battle between a county sheriff in Austin and Gov. Greg Abbott. The governor has vowed to withhold millions in state funds under a proposed "Sanctuary Cities" bill if Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez k

Since voter-introduced ballot initiatives aren't allowed in Texas, advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana use say it would have to happen in the Legislature. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – While a number of states approved new laws legalizing marijuana this week, many Texans are asking when the state might change its ban on cannabis use. While voters in states like California, Massachusetts and Maine can change their laws through the ballot box, advocates for leg

The AVOICE hotline provides legal help in Texas for victims of domestic abuse and other violent crimes. (Highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Victims of violent crime in Texas, particularly victims of domestic abuse, have a strong advocate to help them with legal issues they may face following an assault. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the group Advocates for Victims of Crime, also called AVOICE, wor

A federal judge has ordered ICE officials to stop requesting local jails to detain some prisoners set for release to determine their immigration status. (SAKDAWUT12/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A federal judge has ordered U.S. immigration officials to stop requesting that local law enforcement detain certain people without a warrant in order to determine their immigration status. The ruling adds fuel to an already fiery debate in Texas and other states over so-called "sa

AARP Texas is helping older people avoid becoming victims of financial abuse by family members or others close to them. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – Becoming older often means needing help from others, but sometimes that help can turn to harm when someone close steals from the elderly. October is Elder Financial Exploitation Awareness Month, and groups including AARP Texas say it's a growing problem that affects the financi

The Karnes County Immigration Detention Center in South Texas is one of dozens around the country operated by private, for-profit corporations. (DHS photo)

AUSTIN, Texas - The federal Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will review its policy of detaining undocumented immigrants in private, for-profit facilities. The announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson comes on the heels of a decision by the Department of Justic

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