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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: Youth Issues

A new survey says consumers with poor credit scores often find they're charged considerably more for auto insurance those with good credit. (HillStreet/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – If you have a good driving record but think your car insurance is too high, a new survey says your credit score could be the problem. A report by the online marketing firm WalletHub found five of the largest insurance companies that write auto policies use credit ratings

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

By this fall, a new suicide prevention hotline will be based in Arkansas so callers can be referred to local resources. (flairimages/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After a jump in the number of suicides in recent years, state lawmakers have approved a bill (HB 1775) to create and fund an Arkansas Suicide Prevention Hotline. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 577 suicides in Arkansas in 2015, moving it from 16th

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

This year's Premature Birth Report Card shows that for the first time in eight years, the U.S. preterm birth rate has increased. (March of Dimes)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas's premature birth rate is rising, dropping the state from a grade of C to a D on the March of Dimes' annual Premature Birth Report Card. In 2016, the group said, the state's premature birth rate increased to 10.8 percent from 10 percent the previous year. During the sam

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

Thousands of children are waiting to be adopted in Arkansas, including many siblings who don't want to be separated. (Arkansas DCFS)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - This is National Foster Care Month, and advocates hope to bring awareness to the issue so more children can find a permanent home. Several nonprofit groups in Arkansas try to recruit and work with foster families. One is Project Zero, whose executive director, Christie Erwin, ha

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