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PNS Daily Newscast - February 24, 2017 


On today's rundown: Members of Trump’s cabinet meet with Mexican officials days after a new deportation order; Protests are planned in the wake Trump’s decision to roll back protections for transgender students; And more Americans are divesting from big banks.

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Public News Service - NV: Early Childhood Education

Nevada education leaders are concerned about the future of public-school funding with Tuesday's close vote confirming Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. (Melpomenem/iStockphoto)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Leaders of the state's largest public employee union are slamming the Senate confirmation Tuesday of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos is a wealthy Republican donor who has been active for decades in the school choice movement that promotes vouchers that can be u

Public-education advocates are speaking out after supporters of school vouchers rallied across the state on Wednesday. (melpomenem/iStockphotos)

LAS VEGAS -- Supporters of public education are speaking out after hundreds rallied for school vouchers in Las Vegas and Carson City on Wednesday. Every January, supporters of school vouchers celebrate what they call School Choice Week, with events across the country. In Nevada they are pressing th

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Nevada ranks in the top 10 for the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline. (saiyood/iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS - January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the problem is particularly severe in Nevada. Statistics show the Silver State is one of the the 10 worst for human trafficking, with hundreds of calls to the national hotline each year. Experts blame it on the state's multi-bi

The Nevada Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges moved from Chicago to Reno, Nev., in 1969. They provide expert advice to judges and officers of the court all across the nation on the issue of domestic violence. Courtesy: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

RENO, Nev. - It is an issue that is gaining plenty of national attention this month, and odds are few Nevadans know Reno is the place many judges across the U.S. turn to when they need expert advice on domestic-violence cases. Eryn Branch, program director for domestic relations with the National

PHOTO: Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposed $1.1 billion tax increase to benefit the state's education system has sailed through the Nevada Legislature. Photo courtesy Gov. Sandoval's office.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - State lawmakers are giving the nod to Governor Brian Sandoval's effort to modernize Nevada's education system through a $1.1 billion tax increase. Senate Bill 483 received the necessary two-thirds support in both the state Assembly and Senate to ensure passage, and the bill now

PHOTO: Nevada's public libraries can be invaluable resources for parents of toddlers, and most of the programs and services they offer are free of charge. Photo credit: USGirl/iStockphoto.com

RENO, Nev. - As research continues to link early-childhood education with later academic success, parents in Nevada may want to consider the local library as a resource for their youngsters. Early literacy programs, available for free at most libraries, help prepare children for school and also sho

PHOTO: The Nevada State Education Association said The Education Initiative, a proposed business tax increase, could help pay for Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval's early education goals. Photo courtesy Kathleen Sandoval.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada State Education Association said "The Education Initiative" on November's general election ballot could help fund Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval's early education goals. The ballot measure would create a 2 percent "business margins tax." Nevada State Education A

PHOTO: Parents are encouraged to read to their children during

RENO, Nev. - Parents are encouraged to spend some time reading to their children, as March is "Nevada Reading Month." According to Ellen Fockler, chair of the Nevada Reading Week Project committee, reading to kids helps them develop language and vocabulary skills, even before they can decipher the l

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