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PNS Daily News - April 24, 2017 


We're highlighting several stories in today's news including: Congress returns from recess to a showdown over a border wall; immigrants may face the collateral damage of crime lab misconduct; and President Trump expected to move forward on offshore drilling.

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Public News Service - AZ: Children's Issues

Advocates for Arizonans with disabilities have mixed reactions to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. (Keith A. Almli/Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – The leader of the state's largest advocacy group for people with disabilities is speaking out against Betsy DeVos, just confirmed in the U.S. Senate as the next Secretary of Education. DeVos is an advocate for school choice and vouchers from Michigan, whose family has contributed hun

Children's advocates in Arizona are calling for a replacement plan before the ACA is repealed. (Bigandt Photography/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – The risk of child abuse and neglect could rise if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without immediately replacing it. That's the warning today by a coalition of children's advocates at an event at the State Capitol. The groups point to a recent statement by Governor Doug Ducey

The ToughTreadz Auto Carrier is one of a dozen recalled toys recently being offered for sale online, according to a new report. (Office of Gov. Mario Cuomo)

PHOENIX – That great deal you found online for a toy may not be such a bargain after all. In a new report, researchers found more than a dozen toys being offered for sale on the Internet, even after they had been recalled. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG, Education Fund

A new report emphasizes the importance of good relationships between agencies and foster parents in creating stability for kids. (Latino Outdoors)

PHOENIX — Last year, 20,000 children in Arizona were in out-of-home placement, including foster care. A new report has insights on how to improve their care by giving foster families more of a say in the system. In the report, researchers from The Annie E. Casey Foundation recommended that f

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

The Arizona Federation of Teachers says school districts across the state are starting another year with inadequate funding and a shortage of qualified teachers. (AlexBrylov/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Despite an infusion of extra money approved by voters, a teachers' group said Arizona students heading back to classes this week are still being shortchanged. The Arizona Federation of Teachers said deep budget cuts by lawmakers have left the education system with inadequate funding and a

The reinstated KidsCare program provides health insurance at low or no cost to as many as 30,000 Arizona children. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona's KidsCare health insurance program, reinstated earlier this year, is taking applications starting today for coverage that begins September 1st. The program is designed to provide health care coverage for children in families that make too much for Medicaid, also called AHCCCS, bu

Planned Parenthood Arizona is encouraging school districts to develop a local sex education curriculum. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Just last week, one Arizona school board voted to update its sex-education curriculum, with input from parents. Since sex-ed isn't required in Arizona schools, there is inconsistency across the state in how the topic is handled. In the absence of a statewide program, for some years

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