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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - ND: Children's Issues

The Trump administration and the U.S. House have proposed massive cuts to Medicaid. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – This weekend marks the 52nd anniversary of the Medicaid program, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965. Medicaid provides insurance for children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, seniors and low-income adults, and 114,000 North Dakotans curren

New census data shows North Dakota saw the biggest drop in child poverty, but large disparities still exist, especially for Native populations. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota had the biggest drop in the country's child-poverty rate, but child well-being experts say there's more work to do, especially for Native families. The census data shows North Dakota saw a 20-percent drop in the state's child-poverty rate from 2011 to 2015. Experts po

North Dakota health experts warn that, due to a rise in childhood obesity, the next generation could live shorter lives than their parents. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - September is National Childhood Obesity Month, and North Dakota health experts say today's young people could become the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. According to the American Heart Association, one in three children is obese or at risk for high blood p

North Dakota food growers are being asked to help get a quarter-million pounds of fresh produce to thousands of hungry kids and seniors in the state. (North Dakota Department of Agriculture)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- For many North Dakota farmers and gardeners, August is harvest time, and the state's Department of Agriculture is asking them to help meet the needs of thousands of hungry people. More than 93,000 children, families and seniors in the state rely on food assistance every year. To

Thousands of North Dakota parents who are behind in child support payments are getting some unique help to catch up. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - With Father's Day just around the corner, North Dakota officials are now offering some forgiveness for parents who've been late on their child support payments. For the first time the state's child support service is setting up what's called the Amnesty Project for parents who ow

As part of Stress Awareness Month, state health officials are reminding parents and educators that the end of the school year can be a stressful time for some students. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - April is Stress Awareness Month, and North Dakota health officials say it's a good time to remember that young students sometimes can need help in managing chronic stress. Alison Traynor, suicide-prevention director at the North Dakota Department of Health, said stressors such as b

The North Dakota Secretary of State is reviewing a petition this week for a tobacco tax-hike proposal on the November ballot. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - A move to raise North Dakota's cigarette taxes could be a step closer to getting onto the November ballot this week. North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office is reviewing the measure, which would bump up the state's tobacco tax from 44 cents to $2.20 per pack. The state

Youth First Initiative released a new poll showing about 77 percent of Americans favor changing the focus of the juvenile justice system from incarceration to rehabilitation.  (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - A juvenile justice reform group wants 80 of the country's oldest and largest youth prisons closed down, including one in North Dakota. The North Dakota Youth Correctional Center in Mandan is home to more than 100 young offenders. But the Youth First Initiative says such facilit

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