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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 


A day in court for the alleged Florida school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: a 24-hour hotline "reignites" to support immigrants; and a new study finds prescription drugs in the Hudson River, from Troy all the way to New York City.

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Public News Service - AR: Consumer Issues

Experts say low-income working families could be hit the hardest if Arkansas lowers the income requirements for the state's Medicaid program. (Moore/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas health officials are proposing significant cuts to the state's Medicaid program by rolling back the income requirements for eligibility. But some experts say that’s against the rules. The state currently is awaiting an answer from the federal Health and Human Se

The state of Arkansas now mandates that high school students must pass a Financial Literacy course in order to graduate. (Hero/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new report shows that Arkansas is making significant progress in teaching high school students the life skills they will need to handle money. According to a new study by the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, the Natural State has gone from one of the

Former con man Frank Abagnale with the AARP Fraud Watch Network teaches seniors how to avoid being taken by scam artists. (AARP Arkansas)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Internet and telephone scams are on the rise, and a former con man is teaching Arkansans how to avoid them. Frank Abagnale spent much of his youth conning money from doctors, lawyers and businesses, and has spent the last 40 years helping the FBI track down scammers. On Tuesda

Public health experts say the safest way for a baby to sleep is alone, on its back, and in a crib. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Public health officials say far fewer Arkansas children died from unsafe sleeping environments or sudden infant death syndrome in the past year. A new report by the Arkansas Department of Human Services shows that child deaths from suffocation or other injuries while slee

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

A new report shows tap water in many communities in Arkansas and across the country contains potentially dangerous contaminants. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new guide compiles test results from public water systems in all 50 states so people can double check their local water quality. It says many systems in Arkansas contain contaminants at levels in violation of Environmental Protection Agency standards. The nonprofit En

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

The number of preventable injuries and deaths from vehicle crashes and other types of accidents is on the rise, according to a report from the National Safety Council. (Caiaimage/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A new study ranks Arkansas among the worst states in the country for protecting people from preventable injuries and deaths. A National Safety Council report found that the number of fatalities from car crashes, falls, fires, drownings and drug overdoses - what it calls preventa

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