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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2017 


Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate; also on our rundown; A court victory for tribes and environmental groups fighting uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and Seattle appears headed towards a police accountability initiative for 2018.

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Public News Service - FL: Early Childhood Education

Texting and other smartphone use that interrupts a parent's care could have longterm consequences for the child. (MarcoMaru/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Distractions from your smartphone could cause long-term damage to your children, according to new research looking at the impact of fragmented care on brain development. University of California researchers found that frequent interruptions to the bonding that should take plac

A new report looks at what still needs to be done to help kids in foster care experience the most normal childhood possible. Credit: hotblack/morguefile

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Learning to drive, playing a sport and going on sleepovers, they're all part of what many consider a "normal" childhood, but that's not always the case for the nearly 14,000 Florida kids in foster care. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows how the federal Stre

Advocates say Florida women seeking critical health care services may find themselves caught in a political battle. Credit: Steve Debenport/iStockPhoto.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While Congress continues to debate the future of funding for Planned Parenthood, women's health advocates say months of controversy are negatively impacting efforts to provide critical services to Florida women. Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Plan

A new report finds Florida 37th in the nation in overall child well-being, with 24 percent of the state's children living in poverty. Credit: Cheryl Holt/Morguefile.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida is ranked 37th in the country for overall child well-being, according to a new report from the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation. In one of the report's more dramatic findings, the Kids Count Data Book ranks Florida at 45th, near the bottom of the list compared t

PHOTO: Nutritionists recommend including some combination of two fruits and two vegetables in a child's lunchbox, and having them help with the selection and lunch-packing process. Photo courtesy of HealthyChild.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The start of the school year is just weeks away, and while there's no shortage of the latest backpacks and school supply displays at big box department stores, nutrition experts are reminding parents of the importance of what goes into their child's lunchbox. Nutritionist Dr. Ke

PHOTO: A new report compares how children are progressing on key milestones by state, across racial and ethnic groups. It says in Florida, children of all races need more support to thrive. Photo courtesy Kids Count.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In just four years, children of color are expected to outpace the number of white children in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation asks if those children will be prepared to succeed in their classrooms and beyond

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Six out of 10 fourth-graders in Florida aren't reading at grade level, according to a new report on early reading proficiency from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The state is doing slightly better than the national average, and the report credited Florida's voluntary pre-kinder

MIAMI, Fla. - Parents and educators, led by state Sen. J. Alex Villalobos, kicked off the Vote No on 8 campaign Thursday to keep the smaller class sizes voters approved in a 2002 constitutional amendment. This year is the end of the eight-year plan to reduce class size to no more than 18 students pe

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