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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown; a new poll has Americans turning thumbs down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - CA: Poverty Issues

Data show that the rate of Latino and black children in poverty in California is more than three times that of white children. (Cohdra/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Stubborn poverty continues to plague the Golden State, which maintains the worst poverty rate in the nation, with 14.3 percent of residents, and almost 20 percent of children, living below the federal poverty line. However, the new Census numbers on poverty do show that

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PETALUMA, Calif. — As Congress struggles to make the health care system more cost-effective, local Community Health Centers are already doing their part, with a focus on prevention instead of treatment of illness. Studies show that close to half of people's health status is directly related

Large foundations are being urged to do their part to amplify citizens' voices in the health care debate. (Goir/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Leading experts on philanthropy are urging big foundations to get off the sidelines of the health care debate. They're calling for amplified voices to address the deep Medicaid cuts in President Trump's new budget proposal and the American Health Care Act. A policy brief from

Before Sacramento County repealed its fees, the average juvenile probation case could generate $5,640 in fees, according to a new report. (JDAI AZ)

BERKELEY, Calif. – A new report finds that some California families are losing their homes and being driven into bankruptcy by the fees counties charge when kids get arrested - fees that nonetheless generate little to no profit for taxpayers. Researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Law fo

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

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program has more than 400 locations in California offering free income-tax filing services. (AARP)

LOS ANGELES – Tax season is well underway; the deadline is April 18. Tax time can mean loads of stress, especially because the U.S. Tax Code has become increasingly complicated. But Nancy McPherson, state director for AARP California, says the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program aims to allev

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PASADENA, Calif. – Low-wage workers won a victory with California's minimum-wage increase, in effect starting this week. The increases will be yearly and incremental, this year, it's 50 cents, bringing worker pay to $10.50 an hour and ultimately, to $15. But for many, it still isn't really en

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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