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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - VA: Civil Rights

Nonpartisan vote protection hotlines are up and running and will be taking calls through election day. (The Election Protection Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. -- There’s a nonpartisan election-protection hotline from The Election Protection Coaltion: 866-OUR-VOTE. The coalition is made up of more than a hundred groups working to protect the right to vote nationally. Arusha Gordon, associate counsel with the Lawyers' Committee for Ci

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's efforts to restore voting rights to restored felons is part of the electoral landscape in Virginia this year. (Office of Gov. McAuliffe/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. -- One big unknown this presidential election season is how voter turnout will be affected by the highly charged, partisan atmosphere. This will be the first election since the U.S. Supreme Court repealed important elements of the Voting Rights Act. Judith Browne Dianis, executive di

A new report finds young offenders spend longer locked up because of court fines and fees. (Juvenile Law Center)

RICHMOND, Va. - Young people in Virginia's juvenile-justice system often end up jailed longer because of their inability to pay fines and court fees, according to a new analysis by the Juvenile Law Center. Its report, "Debtors' Prison for Kids," found that many young offenders stay locked up or on

A program intended to clean voter rolls could be open to abuse, but observers say that's not happening in Virginia. (Tom Arthur/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - A program to clean folks who've registered in more than one state off voter rolls could be used for voter suppression. But vote watchers in Virginia say that isn't happening here. An investigation just published by Rolling Stone says the Interstate Crosscheck program is full of error

As Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs orders restoring voting rights to reformed Virginia felons, many are questioning the law making that necessary. (Michaele White/Governor's Office/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. – Critics of Virginia's law that makes it hard for reformed felons to vote call it backward and discriminatory. That includes Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who says he'll sign thousands of individual orders restoring voting rights for felons who have finished their sentences. U.S. Se

More than a year after he was arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks, there are no official answers about why or how Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail. (Youtube/Mitchell Family)

RICHMOND, Va. – Nearly a year later, it's still unclear how a mentally ill Virginia man died in jail after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. When Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested in April 2015, the 24-year-old was under the delusion his father owned the Portsmouth convenience st

Voting rights activists approve of Gov. Terry McAuliffe restoring voting rights for felons. (Flicker/Governor Terry McAuliffe)

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Terry McAuliffe's restoration of the vote for felons in Virginia goes in the opposite direction of an ugly national trend, according to voting rights activists. Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the multi-racial civil rights group Advancement Project, says numerous st

A new poll suggests strong support for juvenile-justice reform, including closing juvenile prisons like the two in Virginia. (Richard Ross)

RICHMOND, Va. - A national survey shows strong support for the kinds of juvenile-justice reform backed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The governor has proposed shutting Virginia's two large juvenile prisons and replacing them with a range of smaller, community-based corrections programs. In a new survey

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