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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - MI: Children's Issues

A law that helps support breastfeeding mothers at work is at risk if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. (Wencke g/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. – The number of mothers who breastfeed their babies has been on the rise in Michigan, but there are fears the trend won't continue if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The ACA contains many women's preventive-care requirements, including insurance coverage of lactation consul

One Michigan political observer points out that Betsy DeVos won't be the only one shaping education policy. (CSPAN/Wikimedia Commons)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The contentious battle over the nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary is now over, but one expert says the massive groundswell of interest in public education shouldn't end here. Sarah Reckhow is an assistant professor specializing in education policy at Mic

Michigan lawmakers return to work the second week of January. (MittenStatePhototog/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – At a time when political friction is high, Michigan state leaders are being applauded for coming together to help children and families. The lame duck legislative session just wrapped up with passage of several measures, including a supplemental budget bill (SB 800) that wil

The CDC recommends hands be washed with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Colds and flu are common this time of year, but health experts say those illnesses and other infections often can be prevented with just a little soap and water. It is National Handwashing Awareness Week, and medical professionals are educating Michiganders about the importa

Despite improved toy safety, parents are urged to be vigilant and look for hazards. (davidd/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – As Michigan parents and caregivers tackle their holiday shopping lists, a new report is reminding them to keep toy safety top of mind. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group or "PIRG" Education Fun, in its annual Trouble in Toyland 2016 report, focused this year on toy recall

A new report says Michigan is not investing enough in prenatal cessation and smoking prevention. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. -- Smoking during pregnancy can cause a multitude of negative health outcomes for a child, yet pregnant women in Michigan are lighting up at higher rates now than they were several years ago. There has been an 18 percent increase in the smoking rate among pregnant women since 2008,

Experts say mentoring can help boost educational outcomes and behavior for teens. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Being a teen is tough enough, especially without a supportive adult around to offer guidance through life's challenges. Around Michigan, the GoodGuides youth mentoring program is working to help at-risk youth get on the right track for future success. Kim Owens, branch man

Michigan law requires that schools adopt policies to prohibit bullying behaviors and have procedures in place so they can respond. (M. Kukhlman)

LANSING, Mich. - Homework isn't the only thing some Michigan kids dread as they head back to school, as a new nationwide analysis ranks Michigan worst for bullying. According to the online-survey site WalletHub, the state is also third for the percentage of high-school kids bullied on school propert

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