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PNS Weekend Newscast - April 22, 2017 


In focus on the rundown: Arkansas keeps the pressure on for more executions; we take you to Earth Day actions in New York and Colorado: and look into whether Trump policies are prompting back-door militarization of local police.

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Public News Service - CA: Youth Issues

More than 70 percent of children recommended for prosecution in California are African-American or Latino, which exposes them to what some call the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill to keep children under 12 out of the juvenile court system gets a hearing before the state Senate Public Safety Committee today. SB 439 would instead require that children 11 or younger be referred to child protective services and thus be spared time in juvenile ha

California educators say it'll take more than an apple a day to fight changes to immigration and education policies that are affecting public schools. (Jmiltenburg/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Hundreds of educators are marching today - Cesar Chavez Day - in Sacramento to show their solidarity with immigrants in California and to oppose the immigration and education policies of the Trump administration. The march and rally kick off the 75th annual convention of the Ca

A new report says the state overuses suspensions for high schoolers, leading to more dropouts. (Darnok/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California could save billions of dollars by reducing the number of high school suspensions and favoring rehabilitation over punishment, according to a new study by the California Dropout Research Project. Researchers followed more than 100 randomly chosen 10th graders

A new report recommends ways that California policymakers could improve outcomes for the state's children and toddlers. (ulkare/istockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Less than 10 percent of California toddlers and infants who are eligible for subsidized child care actually get it. That's one statistic in a new report that spells out ways to improve the growth and development of the state's youngest residents. The research is from the

Doctors rush a patient to care. Enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act ends at midnight today. (JillK61)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – You have until midnight today to sign up for California's version of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Health-care advocates raised concerns last week when the new administration reportedly stopped advertising the open-enrollment period. After some pushba

Despite health and safety warnings, smoking retains its appeal for some, with roughly 12 percent of Californians still lighting up. (g'DAy)

LOS ANGELES – In California alone, 40,000 people die every year from tobacco-related illnesses, which also cost the state just over $18 billion in healthcare and loss of productivity. Two reports out today explain what states are doing to curb tobacco use. Lindsey Freitas, senior director of

Here's a sight you probably won't be seeing much anymore on California roadways. Handheld phone use while driving is now illegal in the state. (Kaboompics)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – There's a new reality for morning commuters, no more multitasking behind the wheel when you're stuck in one of California's legendary traffic jams. As of this week, it's now the law that if you use your phone while driving, you may be looking at a $160 fine That means no

Rights4girls says one of the main predictors of entry into the juvenile justice system is sexual abuse; a new law seeks to change those odds by keeping some kids out of jail. (Jose Pereira)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This week, a new state law is in effect aimed at protecting children who are victims of sexual abuse. Law enforcement officers in California no longer can arrest youth suspects for prostitution. Maheen Kaleem, a staff attorney with Rights4Girls, which advocated for the

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