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PNS Daily News - June 26, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s news including: it’s a key week for Republicans drumming up support for health care legislation; mayors from around the country speak out against Trump’s climate policies; and why some cattle producers have a beef with the USDA.

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Public News Service - AR: Family/Father Issues

Health care for children in Arkansas is ranked 44th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in a new WalletHub survey. (Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark -- This week, April 24-28, is Every Kid Healthy Week, and a new survey shows that Arkansas ranks near the bottom for the health of its children. The report, released this week by the marketing firm WalletHub, ranked Arkansas 44th among the 50 states and District of Columbia for th

Family members provide hundreds of thousands of unpaid hours of care each year for parents and other relatives. (shoyhet/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Family caregivers are the first line of defense in preventing elderly patients from returning to the hospital, and an Arkansas state law is providing extra support in that often difficult task. The Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act, which went into effect last year, provides assis

Arkansas now ranks sixth in the country for adult obesity rates, down from first place last year. (iStockimages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas health officials are calling the state's slide to sixth place in the national adult obesity ranking a significant step in the 10-year plan, started last year, to improve residents' health. Officials were concerned last year when the annual obesity survey ranked Arkans

In Arkansas, African Americans' median incomes are 42 percent lower than whites'. (Brandis Griffith Friedman)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - If current trends continue, a new study says it would take the average African-American family 228 years to accumulate the amount of wealth the average white family has today. It will take the average Latino family 84 years to do the same. The "Ever-Growing Gap," a report by the

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

Mobile apps for people with asthma are especially helpful for kids and parents, but doctors say they aren't all as accurate as they could be. (Virginia Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A team of doctors has developed the first mobile 'app' designed to help children and teens with asthma that is supported by a peer-reviewed pilot study. That scientific backup is especially important because doctors say not all medical apps deliver what they promise. Dr. Davi

Eight in 10 children who get free lunch at school don't participate in summer meal programs, according to Hunger Free America. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Eighty percent of the children who get free lunch at school don't participate in summer meal programs, mostly because their parents and guardians aren't aware of them, according to the anti-hunger group Hunger Free America. Joel Berg, the group's chief executive, is pushing the

Washing your vehicle at home uses more than 100 gallons of water on average. (Virginia Carter)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - How many times have you driven through your neighborhood and noticed people out washing their cars in the driveway? The scene is depicted on television shows and at the movies too, but there's an effort under way to stop that practice. Jane Maginot, urban stormwater educato

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