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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - WI: Criminal Justice

Wisconsin is one of the few states that allow children to be kept in solitary confinement for long stretches of time. (3dmentat/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin is one of few states that still allows children in state juvenile-corrections facilities to be put into solitary confinement, and a federal lawsuit challenges that practice as cruel and unusual punishment. A similar suit brought in Illinois a few years ago resulted in

A new law regarding cell-phone use on Wisconsin roads goes into effect October first. (Natalia Belatelova/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. - Every day in the United States, eight people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured by crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wisconsin is one of 46 states that have laws against texting while driving, but a new law tha

A Wisconsin criminal-defense attorney says the state's approach to juvenile justice needs change. (lilly3/iStockPhoto)

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - The Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" drew national attention to the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. Steven Avery was convicted of the murder, and Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was 16 at the time, was tried and convicted in adult court of helping Avery commit the

On the state's largest university campus, police have strong feelings about whether students should be allowed to carry guns. (Ahlapot/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Five years ago, Wisconsin passed a law with a provision that colleges and universities must allow concealed carry on campus. But another provision to the law says guns can be banned from campus buildings if signs stating that guns are prohibited are posted at every entrance.

The Wisconsin legislature has granted immunity to too many businesses in the past few years, according to a trial lawyer. (WI Assembly)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Immunity is a "get out of jail free" card, says Stevens Point trial attorney Russ Golla, who believes the state legislature has given out far too many, nearly 40, to businesses and industries in recent years. He says immunity means even if wrongdoers were clearly careless an

A proposal to substantially change Wisconsin's model workers' compensation system is a solution in search of a problem, says the president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice. (matt_benoit/iStockPhoto.com)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – In 1911, Wisconsin passed the nation's first worker's compensation program, and it has remained a model for other states to this day. But legislation has been introduced to substantially change the system – a bill attorney Russ Golla says would tip the balance to

At this time of year, criminals and con artists often impersonate legitimate charities in an effort to get your cash. Credit: amanalang/iStockphoto

MADISON, Wis. – Give, but don't get taken, is the advice from a consumer advocate about holiday charitable giving. Frank Frassetto, administrator of the Wisconsin Division of Trade and Consumer Protection, says scammers can lay it on pretty thick during the holidays. They have a time-tested b

Wisconsin state Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, says it's time to change the state's culture regarding drinking and driving. Credit: Michael Simms/Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - State Sen. Chris Larson says Wisconsin's "woefully inadequate" drunken-driving laws are the most lenient in the nation. While state law now regards a first-time drunken-driving offense as a misdemeanor, a bill sponsored by Larson, D-Milwaukee, would force an immediate consequence

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