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 - MD: Children's Issues

A gunman is dead after wounding two fellow students with a handgun Tuesday morning at a high school in southern Maryland. (Pixabay)

GREAT MILLS, Md. — In the wake of the latest school shooting at Great Mills High School, both sides of the gun control debate have found reasons to praise ongoing efforts to limit gun violence. The shooter, just 17 years old, opened fire in the hallway of the school just before classes Tues

Chy Murali from Centennial High School in Ellicott City presents her research for the Regeneron Science Talent Search. (Chy Murali)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — 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, one of the natio

This January, Reading Partners is sharing stories of mentorship from community volunteers as it kicks off

BALTIMORE – With the new year underway, it's not too late to make or reboot those resolutions to get fit or do more traveling, and Reading Partners Baltimore is calling on people to support the vital skill of literacy with a resolution for reading. Each year, National Mentoring Month celebra

The National Coalition For Responsible Technology is calling for a moratorium on cell towers and cell antennas near homes, hospitals, schools and children's recreation areas. Ellen Marks, director of the California Brain Tumor Association, speaking.   (Theodora Scarato/NCRT)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — As wireless communication increasingly becomes a way of life, some health advocates say there is little-to-no communication about the health risks associated with radiation emitted by devices such as cellphones. Theodora Scarato, executive director at the Environmental Healt

There is a call for schools to create policies on gender identity. (

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A report on transgender student policies in American schools by a conservative think tank is being taken to task by experts. The report from the Heritage Foundation, called "Gender Identity Policies in Schools: What Congress, the Courts and Trump Administration Should Do," came o

PTAs raise millions of dollars for schools around the nation, but a new report says most of the money benefits children in more affluent neighborhoods. (Victoria Jordan)

BALTIMORE – A new report looks at how much money is being raised by Parent Teacher Associations across the country, and reveals that schools in wealthy districts benefit the most. The Center for American Progress (CAP) examined the top 50 PTAs in the nation, which raised $43 million in the 2

How much is too much when it comes to exposure to WiFi and digital devices? (

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – There's a push in Maryland to set up safety guidelines relating to WiFi in schools and for daily use of computers, tablets and other technology. Here’s the question: Do the devices pose a health risk? Lawmakers are set to consider bills (HB 866, SB 1089) that would r

Parents are advised to limit the time children spend on cellphones because radiation could affect a developing brain. (

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Evidence is growing that cellphones may not be as safe as many people think they are. Earlier this year, a study by the National Toxicology Program found exposure to wireless radiation significantly increased the prevalence of highly malignant heart and brain cancers in rode

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