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PNS Daily News - April 24, 2017 


We're highlighting several stories in today's news including: Congress returns from recess to a showdown over a border wall; immigrants may face the collateral damage of crime lab misconduct; and President Trump expected to move forward on offshore drilling.

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Public News Service - OH: Early Childhood Education

The Democratic Party platform rejects high-stakes testing and teacher evaluations based on student test scores. (Democratic National Convention)

PHILADELPHIA - An educational leader from the Buckeye State is among those at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The president of the Ohio Education Association, Becky Higgins, is serving as a delegate, and said she's excited to get a glimpse at what the future of education will loo

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers cannot access nutritional supports available to school-age kids. (pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new report is shining a light on the impacts of hunger on the youngest Ohioans. According to findings from the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio, one-in-four children in the state is food insecure. And executive director Renuka Mayadev adds more than a quarter of kids younger than ag

Medicaid marks its 50th year of providing health coverage to low-income children. Credit: Hubert Hackett/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Over one million Ohio children – about 46 percent – receive visits to the doctor, prescriptions and other medical care through Medicaid, and a new report underscores the lifelong value of the program as it turns 50 this week. Report co-author Joan Alker, executive

One in four Ohio kids lives in poverty, according to the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book. Credit: Tamckile/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeye State is stuck in the middle in terms of the well-being of its children, ranking 23rd nationally in the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book released today. According to the report nearly 53,000 more Ohio children live in low-income working families today than in 2008, and

Some Ohio organizations, restaurants, and educational institutions are working to increase access to healthier foods and programs in an effort to end childhood obesity. Photo credit: DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Accessing nutritious foods is a challenge for many Ohio families, and some experts say the problem contributes to the obesity epidemic. But businesses in the food industry and various organizations are stepping up to help make the healthy choice, the easy choice. Drew Nann

PHOTO: Itís World Prematurity Day, and efforts are under way in Ohio to raise awareness about the frequency of prematurity, its consequences and the need for continued research. Photo credit: Bobjgalindo/Wikimedia.

CINCINNATI - Premature birth is the leading cause of infant mortality in Ohio and the United States, but despite improving technology, the cause goes unexplained in nearly half of all preterm births. About one-in-eight infants is born prematurely, and the rates are higher in the U.S. than in many ot

Photo: New Census data indicates children who receive adequate food at home, and at school, also perform better academically in school. Photo courtesy: The Children's Aid Society.

DAYTON, Ohio - The latest Census data indicates poverty is on the decrease nationwide for the first time since 2006. In Ohio, the poverty rate number now sits at 16 percent for 2013, slightly above the national average, but the proportion of children living in poverty in Ohio and the rest of the cou

PHOTO: Sandy Oxley of Voices for Ohio's Children presents their new brief Tackling Child Hunger in Ohio, which examines efforts to address food insecurity among the youngest Ohioans. Photo courtesy of Joree Jacbos.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Organizations that serve Ohio children are joining with hunger-fighting groups to address the continuing hunger crisis among the state's youngest residents. A new brief called Tackling Child Hunger in Ohio from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and Voices for Ohio's Children looks

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