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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 - CT: Youth Issues

The median debt for graduates of four-year, for-profit colleges in Connecticut is more than $28,000. (Michael Fleshman/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Most students who enroll in for-profit colleges in Connecticut don't graduate, and those who do are deeper in debt, according to the Center for Responsible Lending. The group's report says only 35 percent of students graduate from for-profit colleges in the state, compared t

Nationally, African American children are six times more likely to have a parent in jail than are white children. (Amanda Mills/pixnio.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Mass incarceration of African Americans has contributed significantly to the racial achievement gap in the nation's schools, according to a recent report. The so-called war on drugs vastly expanded the U.S. prison population. But while African Americans are no more likely to sel

Gov. Dannel Malloy wants state lawmakers to enact a fair funding for public schools. (Dannel Malloy/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Education advocates are applauding Gov. Dannel Malloy's call for school funding that is fair, transparent, accountable and adaptable. In his State of the State address on Wednesday, Malloy challenged the General Assembly to act to guarantee "equal access to a quality educat

The 2016 census showed a 20 percent decline in the chronically homeless in Connecticut. (Matthew Woitunski/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Volunteers are needed to help with the annual census of homelessness in Connecticut next month. On Jan. 24, people will fan out in Connecticut and across the country to count how many people are homeless that night. Using a specially designed phone app, volunteers interac

Public-education advocates say school funding should reflect income levels and students with special needs. (USAG-Humphreys/Flickr)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Connecticut's school funding system has been found unconstitutional, but a new Funding Formula Guidebook may help legislators as they consider reforms. Produced by the Connecticut School Finance Project, a nonpartisan information and data resource, the guidebook gives an o

Conn. is starting to consider age at the time of the offense in parole hearings.  (Dieter_G/pixabay.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - U.S. Supreme Court rulings have made prisoners sentenced to life without parole as juveniles eligible for release, but a new report said very few are being granted parole. "False Hope," a national report from the ACLU, found that across the country parole boards rarely consider the

The Summer Food Service Program is open to all children 18 and younger. (Amanda Mills, USCDCP/public-domain-image.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The end of the school year doesn't mean low-income children need to go hungry. Thousands of children in Connecticut rely on free and reduced-price meals at school for a big part of their daily nutrition. But many families don't realize that federally-funded meals for children are a

In Connecticut, 82 percent of the people involved in taser incidents last year were unarmed. (Junglecat/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Civil rights advocates say a first-of-its-kind report on the use of tasers shows that police in Connecticut need better training. Connecticut is the first state to require annual reports on police use of the electric shock devices. According to David McGuire, legislative an

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