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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 - NM: Children's Issues

Kids in New Mexico are helping monitor water for the protection of generations to come. (Photo: Sierra Club Rio Grande)

VALDEZ, N.M. -- "Water Sentinels" is a volunteer monitoring program started by the Sierra Club to survey rivers and streams the Environmental Protection Agency has neglected. And in rural New Mexico, its membership is increasingly made up of school kids. They inspect the Rio Hondo, Rio Fernando, R

Unusual circumstances in the New Mexico Legislature have family advocacy groups in the state hoping for more education funding. (Public Domain/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico's Legislative Council hasn't ruled out the possibility of suing Gov. Susana Martinez ahead of a potential special session of the Legislature. And family advocates are watching closely, hoping for a resolution that helps education in the state. Lawmakers passed a b

Advocates for New Mexico's young families say that's who is at risk as Gov. Susana Martinez and state legislators continue their state budget tug-of-war. (Joanna Malinowski/Freestocks)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Gov. Susana Martinez refused to sign the 2017 budget presented to her by New Mexico lawmakers at the end of the legislative session last week. Instead, she vowed to call everyone back in for a special session to amend it. Family advocates are worried that in the feud, the

New Mexico has made progress getting more children insured, but poverty rates remain high, according to a new report. (Kathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SANTE FE, N.M. – Children in New Mexico struggle against endemic poverty, but there are some positive signs, according to the KidsCount 2016 Databook being released today. The report says 141,000 New Mexico children live in poverty. That is 29 percent of kids statewide, a figure that has got

A new report finds low-income New Mexicans need more child-care assistance and job training. (Bing)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Low-income families in New Mexico aren't getting the job training or child-care assistance they need in order to become self-sufficient, according to a new report from the advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children. The report, called "Turning Assistance Into Opportunity

Children’s advocates say budget cuts at state agencies could hurt the youngest New Mexicans, whose well-bring already ranks among the lowest in the nation. (rjellis/iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico state budget officials project a $150 million to $200 million deficit this fiscal year due to falling oil prices; and advocates say Gov. Susana Martinez's order for a five percent spending cut by state agencies could hurt New Mexico's most vulnerable children. Cr

A recent survey ranks New Mexico residents 43rd in the country in terms of their financial literacy. (andresr/iStock)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A survey of financial literacy shows New Mexico residents rank poorly in understanding how to manage their money. The state ranks 43rd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for its residents' money management skills, according to information from the online survey compa

The Healthy Kids New Mexico program teaches children about fruits, vegetables and even how to make salads in order to maintain a healthy weight. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Health officials in New Mexico say childhood obesity in the state has decreased by 16 percent over the past five years, both in kindergartners and third graders. Despite the progress, however, the state's Department of Health says that means more than one-in-three third graders an

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