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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 - NM: Children's Issues

Environmental watchdogs say about 32,000 New Mexico children attend schools and daycare centers within a half-mile of oil and gas production facilities. (fracktracker.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As the Environmental Protection Agency backs away from limiting toxic emissions from oil and gas wells, environmental groups are stepping up calls to limit the pollution. The groups Earthworks and Moms Clean Air Force have released an updated version of their interactive

Diverse groups are opposing efforts to remove information about the Earth's age, evolution, climate change and more from New Mexico school science lessons. (NASA)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Opponents of proposed changes to New Mexico's public school science curriculum that would omit terms like "global warming" and “evolution,” will gather today for a rally - just before the Public Education Department meets to discuss the draft document. Critics sa

For the first time, New Mexico has the most children younger than age five living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (pns)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – More than one-third of New Mexico's children younger than age five are living in poverty – more than any other state in the nation – according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report shows that child poverty declined in 28 states and rose in none, b

The annual New Mexico State Fair, which opens Thursday, is the first in the country to offer a quiet space for autistic children and others with special needs. (visitalbuquerque.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The annual New Mexico State Fair is a great way to spend time with family – unless children easily suffer from sensory overload. This year, fair officials are trying something new to include everyone who wants to attend. When the State Fair opens Thursday, it will

New Mexico's 8,000 DREAMers face an uncertain future now that the DACA program is being rescinded by the Trump Administration. (americasvoice.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – More than 8,000 young, undocumented immigrants in New Mexico will lose protections from deportation unless the president and Congress can make a deal to protect them. Following through on a campaign promise, President Donald Trump on Tuesday terminated DACA – the De

New Mexico students are required to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, but there's concern about whether the results truly reflect a school's quality. (The Inspired Classroom)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The head of New Mexico's teachers' union says the growing divide among public schools getting 'A' grades and those getting 'F's' on assessment tests is a sign the testing system doesn't work. New Mexico is one of nine states that still use the controversial PARCC tests - Par

Cleaner school buses could improve the state's air pollution levels, but will New Mexico opt to spend its share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement to support that goal? (Children's Clean Air Network)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A New Mexico group plans to advocate for cleaner school buses in meetings this week to discuss how the state's money from the Volkswagen settlement should be spent. New Mexico's share of the federal settlement is $18 million after Volkswagen was caught cheating on federal

New Mexico students return to the classroom this week as a judge decides whether the state will be required to change the way public schools are funded. (teacher.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Teachers in New Mexico facing larger class sizes and fewer resources when they return to the classroom this week hope a pending judgment in a lawsuit will force the state to do something about the situation. The lawsuit alleges the state's education system fails to meet its

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