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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - MA: Children's Issues

High-quality public education and health care are two factors that place Massachusetts in the top three states nationwide for child well-being. (M. Clifford)

BOSTON – The kids are all right in the Bay State, according to a new report. The state ranks second in the nation for overall child well-being. The new Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book examines economic, education, health, family and community factors that affect kids. M

A national model program, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is being credited for a major drop in the number of young people being held in secure detention in Massachusetts. (Department of Youth Services)

BOSTON — The number of Bay State kids being held in secure detention while awaiting court dates has dropped by more than 50 percent over eight years, and local advocates credit a national initiative aimed at diverting young people from incarceration. According to Lynsey Heffernan, state coor

It took Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie vote and approve controversial nominee Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary. (CSPAN 2)

BOSTON – Local education advocates say even though Betsy DeVos was approved by a narrow margin on Tuesday, the fight has galvanized support for public education. As expected, Vice President Mike Pence had to make history by casting the deciding vote to confirm President Trump's pick. Massach

A new report ranks the Bay State at 36th in the nation, near the bottom among states, for the amount it spends on smoking prevention. (anderson wasser/blogspot)

BOSTON — According to a new report, Massachusetts will collect more than $900 million this year from the 1998 state tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend only a fraction of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is adequate for programs that prevent tobacco use

Caution is the byword for the toys Bay Staters put under their tree. A new report cautions against toys that could spy on young children on the Internet. (Mike Clifford)

BOSTON – A new report from a New England consumer watchdog group has some tips for holiday shoppers who want to avoid toys that collect internet data on kids and more. Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said its 2016 report offers consumer safegua

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson says lifting the cap on charter schools would have long-term negative impact for a number of cities in the Bay State. (L. Barrett)

BOSTON -- When voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Question Two, a Boston City Councilor says the financial implications reach far beyond education - the entire city budget is at risk. Education Committee Chair Tito Jackson based his assessment on a report from the Boston CFO whic

Researchers and consumers took part in a Thursday forum in Boston that focused on ways to better integrate oral and medical healthcare. (U.S. Navy Photo)

BOSTON – What if your doctor and your dentist were able to work together? That was one of the topics at a forum on Integration of Oral Health and General Health on Thursday. Brian Rosman, director of policy and government relations at Health Care For All Massachusetts, pointed out there are

MTA President Barbara Madeloni joins parents and educators for today's National School Walk-In Day, calling attention to the need to fully fund public education. (Mass. Teachers Assn)

BOSTON – All across the state, parents and educators at dozens of Bay State Schools today are taking part in National School Walk-In Day. Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, says the main theme is supporting Schools that Our Students Deserve. She says peo

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