PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - FL: Children's Issues

Haniya Shareef of Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce works on her research in a lab for the Regeneron Science Talent Search. (Haniya Shareef)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — While many high school students are still learning how to properly fold laundry, 40 of the smartest students in the nation are in Washington, D.C., this week to show off their achievements and compete in science and math. The Regeneron Science Talent Search is one of the

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs the new gun-control bill into law. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Even though the National Rifle Association sued the state of Florida just after Gov. Rick Scott signed a new gun control bill Friday afternoon, parents of the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are calling on other states to follow Florida's lead. SB 7026 rai

Twenty protesters participate in a Die-In on the fourth-floor rotunda of the Florida State Capitol.  (Lakey Love)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida state lawmakers have given final passage to a gun-safety package that raises the legal age for buying rifles and imposes a three-day waiting period on all firearms sales, while also allowing the arming of some public-school personnel. Wednesday's passage of Senate

Studies show black youth are disproportionately affected by Florida's policies allowing the shifting of juveniles to adult court. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State representatives in the Florida House are pushing for House Bill 509, a law to prevent juveniles from being tried as adults. The bill would revise the factors that a court must consider before deciding whether a child will be sent to adult court, while also limiting t

Students from across Florida traveled to Tallahassee to join fellow students protesting gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Thousands of angry students made their voices heard at Florida's Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday, saying lawmakers aren't doing enough to keep them safe. While they are dissatisfied with the lawmaking process, their efforts did get the pro-gun Legislature to consider

After the vote to end the government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told senators that the weeks ahead would include negotiations over DACA and immigration, as well as military spending, disaster relief and health care. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Democrats caved to end the government shutdown - or, at least that's how some immigrant groups are looking at the outcome. The Florida Immigrant Coalition was hoping to see nothing less than a long-term plan to protect children who were brought to the United States illega

While the holidays are a time of gatherings with family and friends, they also can be a source of stress for many seniors. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Holidays can be a wonderful time to reunite adult children and their parents, whether the parents live in their own home, or in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Family visits also can be some of the best times to evaluate older people’s health and self-re

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance to low-income children who don't otherwise qualify for Medicaid. (Pawel Loj/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida has done a lot to make sure more children have health insurance. But that progress may be in jeopardy if Congress doesn't act soon. A new report shows the number of children without health insurance in Florida dropped 57 percent between 2009 and 2016. Report c

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