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PNS Daily News - Monday, March 27, 2017 


Hundreds detained in Russian corruption protests; with the ACA repeal quashed, physicians promote Medicare for all; and the solitary confinement of juveniles in Tennessee blocked by a federal judge. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - TX: Criminal Justice

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

Rights groups in Dallas want to keep the focus on ending police violence against blacks. (Slabbers/iStockphoto)

DALLAS – Dallas begins the healing process today following the shooting deaths of five police officers by a lone sniper during a Black Lives Matter protest last week. President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush and Vice President Joe Biden are among the planned speakers at an int

New research shows thousands of mothers across the country have been acting as advocates for their children in forcing changes in the juvenile justice system. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - As thousands of youths enter the Texas juvenile-justice system each year, a new report says thousands of mothers will face the pain of separation because their child is behind bars. A new report, "Mothers at the Gate" from the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses how some family

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