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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown: a new poll has Americans turning thumbs-down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - AR: Children's Issues

About 120,000 Arkansas children depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program for access to health care. (DMarshall/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As Congress debates renewing the Children's Health Insurance Program, almost 9 million kids are at risk of losing their health care, including 120,000 Arkansas children. The program, called CHIP, has traditionally had bipartisan support, but this year, the House and Senat

A new report says that students who miss more than 18 days of school are considered chronically absent and at risk for reading below their grade level. (Gallup/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new report shows that more than 150 Arkansas public schools have high rates of chronic absenteeism. The study, published by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center, found rates of 30 percent or higher at 50 schools and 20 to 29 percent at another 109 campuses

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-

Food banks play a key role in the fight against food insecurity, sometimes called the meal gap, in Arkansas and across the U.S. (GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The rate of food insecurity is improving across Arkansas, but a new report shows the state remains the second worst in the nation for people's overall access to healthy food. The study from the group Feeding America says in 2015, overall household food insecurity in the s

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

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

Border Patrol agents detain a group of unaccompanied Central American children shortly after they crossed the border into the United States. (vichinterland/iStockphoto)

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Immigrant activists are criticizing members of the Arkansas congressional delegation for their opposition to converting a facility near Hot Springs into a shelter for immigrant children. Federal officials recently inspected the abandoned Ouachita Job Corps Center site to

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arkansas has the largest number of cases in the current national outbreak of mumps. (shepherd/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A major outbreak of mumps in Arkansas and several other states continues to grow at an alarming rate, according to public health agencies. Officials say there are more than 2,000 cases of the contagious viral infection in Arkansas. Mumps causes flu-like symptoms and swolle

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