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PNS Daily News - April 24, 2017 


We're highlighting several stories in today's news including: Congress returns from recess to a showdown over a border wall; immigrants may face the collateral damage of crime lab misconduct; and President Trump expected to move forward on offshore drilling.

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Public News Service - FL: Youth Issues

Keeping troubled kids in their community is credited for the success of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which began in Florida. (Joanna Malinowska/Freestock)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — What began as an effort to revamp the approach to juvenile detention in one Florida county has spread to hundreds of sites across the country, and has led to widespread reform. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative launched in 1987 in

Smog or ozone pollution is already a big problem for Florida cities, but the group Clean Air Moms Action says air quality isn't a priority for President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the EPA. (Sierra Club Florida)

MIAMI – As confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees continue in Washington, his choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency is facing serious questions from parents in Florida. The advocacy group Clean Air Moms Action is running a series of television a

A new bill would make it harder for undocumented immigrants to go to college in Florida, even if they graduated from Florida high schools. (kconnors/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bill introduced in the Florida Senate could alter the plans of thousands of students who have grown up in Florida. Under the proposal by newly-elected Republican Sen. Greg Steube of Sarasota, Florida's public colleges and universities would no longer have to waive out-of

A new report looks at the critical role played by foster parents, in Florida and nationwide. (skvlimkin/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When children have to be removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, a new report looks at ways to improve their care by giving foster parents a greater voice. Researchers from The Annie E. Casey Foundation say it's time to elevate the role of foster parents, by givin

A group of lawyers hopes to help change the culture behind the wheel. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

MIAMI – Out of one of the darkest moments in this country's history, the September 11th attacks, came an outpouring of volunteerism across the country. Now, one group hopes to recapture some of that spirit of service with a project aimed at preventing senseless deaths. Fifteen years ago, the

More than one in five U.S. children live in poverty. (taliesin/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — At the conventions and on the campaign trail, Floridians are hearing plenty from both presidential candidates, but there's one major issue neither one is talking about: the millions of children across the nation who are living in poverty. The child poverty rate has been o

While the national high school graduation rate is around 82 percent, a new study finds Florida lags behind at just 76 percent. (hmm360/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida falls behind the national high school graduation rate, and the recent proliferation of alternative schools doesn't seem to be helping, according to a new study. Even though they enroll a small slice of students, the report from Johns Hopkins University finds that charte

Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling means hundreds of so-called

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - There's new hope that more than 2,000 people sentenced to life in prison for crimes they committed as juveniles may not have to spend the rest of their lives in prison. Many received automatic life sentences for murders, without consideration of their youth or other factors. But

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