PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2017 

Featured on our nationwide rundown; President Trump’s reported comments to a grieving military widow raising some eyebrows; we’ve got a breakdown on the impact of “Trumpcare” in states like Colorado; and a look back 50 years at Dow Chemical protests that turned violent in Wisconsin.

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Public News Service - AZ: Early Childhood Education

An estimated 14 percent of Arizona students in grades K through 12 were chronically absent in 2014. <br />(Max Klingensmith/Flickr)

PHOENIX – School is back in full swing in Arizona, and there's work underway to ensure children are not missing out on the opportunity to learn. September is Attendance Awareness Month, and educators say it's never too early to build a healthy habit of getting to school on time each and ever

A new literacy initiative suggests that parents narrate their day to improve babies' vocabulary and word comprehension. (Read On Arizona)

PHOENIX - Just because babies can't talk, it doesn't mean you shouldn't talk to them. That's just one tip in a new language and literacy awareness campaign. "Smart Talk" is a new part of the statewide reading initiative known as Read On Arizona. Its literacy director, Terri Clark, said babies soak

The 2016 Kids Count Data Book for Arizona says the state has seen an 87 percent increase in the number of children entering the foster-care system. (wavebreakmedia/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - It's getting tougher to be a kid in Arizona, according to a new report. The 2016 Kids Count Data Book for Arizona shows that more children are living in poverty, family incomes are dropping and the number of kids in foster care continues to rise. The data, published every two years by the

A new study ranks Arizona the third worst state in the nation to be a teacher. Credit: Shironosov/iStockPhoto.

PHOENIX – Arizona ranks third worst in the nation for teachers, according to a new study released Monday. The report from WalletHub crunched the numbers for all 50 states plus Washington D.C., and found that Arizona ranks 49th overall – sitting in the bottom three for salary and student

A 20 million dollar federal grant is aimed at improving preschool enrollment in Arizona. Credit: Homeward Bound.

PHOENIX – Arizona has among the nation's lowest rates of preschool enrollment, but the state is receiving a $20 million U.S. Department of Education grant to help change that. Supporters of early learning say the grant could be a game-changer, if funding remains in place over the long term. P

PHOTO: A program centered on helping Phoenix area elementary school students to read at grade level is showing strong results. Photo credit City of Tempe, Arizona.

PHOENIX - Hundreds of Phoenix area students in first through third grades are reading at or near grade level thanks to volunteers who work with the youngsters one on one. Tim Valencia, youth and education manager with the City of Phoenix Youth and Education Office, says the AARP Experience Corps p

PHOTO: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is leaning firsthand through letters from school students of the challenges they face, caused by classroom overcrowding and years of educational budget cuts. Photo courtesy Gov. Ducey's office.

PHOENIX - Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is hearing directly from school students about the challenges they face each day. Dana Wolfe Naimark, president with Children's Action Alliance, says students from across the state recently sent letters to the governor that tell a story of overcrowding and under

PHOTO: Organizations such as the Child Crisis Center are calling on Arizona's political candidates to increase funding for programs that support early-childhood education and other services that benefit young kids. Photo courtesy of of the Pima County Public Library.

MESA, Ariz. – Political candidates in Arizona are being asked to make early childhood education a top priority, and organizers hope that seeing programs that help children up close will help that process. Christine Scarpati, CEO of the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, says candidates for governo

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