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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - AR: Education

Arkansas schools in all 293 districts now have broadband Internet connections, but many still lack the computer hardware to benefit from them. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As Arkansas students and teachers return to the classroom this fall, they'll find a broadband Internet connection in every public school in the state. In the past two years, the Arkansas Departments of Education and Information Systems worked together to install 200-kilobit-per-

Arkansas schools are ranked seventh in the country for the number of low-income students in the School Breakfast Program. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The annual School Breakfast Scorecard ranks Arkansas seventh in the nation for the number of low-income students who participate in both breakfast and lunch programs. The report from the Food Research and Action Center charts the progress of its national push to increase t

The Diocese of Little Rock has issued new rules requiring LGBT students in Arkansas Catholic schools to hide their sexual identity or face expulsion. (Winter/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - New rules issued by the Diocese of Little Rock appear to require lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in Catholic schools in Arkansas to hide their sexual identity or face expulsion. The diocese issued an addendum last week to the handbook for 6,700 students in the st

Free workshops are being offered in Arkansas next month to help people learn the ins and outs of smartphones, tablets and computers. (AARP)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - We live in a digital world, but there still are many who haven't mastered all of the new devices that are available. AARP is offering workshops to help with that. The idea is to teach people to feel more comfortable with modern technology. There are several free classes being of

Nursing students teach proper foot care to patients in homeless shelters in Fayetteville. (Eleanor Mann School of Nursing)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – An innovative community nursing program in Fayetteville is being called such a success that it may be expanded to other communities around the state. Nursing students have been holding health fairs for two semesters at the city's homeless shelter, doing blood pressure an

Rice is Arkansas' number one crop, and opening up trade with Cuba could mean a boost to the state's economy. (USDA)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Human-rights issues and free elections continue to be at the forefront of the United States' tentatively renewed relationship with Cuba. President Obama visited the country recently and has taken some steps toward lifting the trade embargo, but that would need congressional appr

Kids may need to get a pet and spend more time playing outdoors to protect themselves against allergies. (Mike Baca)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - All the runny noses and itchy eyes tell us it's allergy season in Arkansas. From April to June, grass pollen causes problems for many, then, come fall it will be ragweed and other plants shedding pollen that cause misery. If it seems like more people have allergies than ever,

The Ozarks are providing researchers a good mix of conifer and deciduous trees to study the effects of warming temperatures on forests. Here, they're checking a white oak. (Columbia University Earth Institute)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A crew of scientists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has been making its way through the Ozark Mountains, dodging snakes and poison ivy to study tree rings, to see how they're reacting to climate change. In much of North America, research has shown

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