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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - UT: Education

Student anxiety and incidents of harassment have increased since the 2016 presidential election, according to a survey of school personnel. (iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY – This year's presidential election has had a big impact on the nation's schools, grades K-12. According to a new national survey of educators by the Southern Poverty Law Center, student anxiety and incidents of harassment are on the rise. Maureen Costello, the report's author

University of Utah computer scientists have created a program that can take the nation's political pulse in real time. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – Americans have learned a lot through Twitter about how Donald Trump feels about some people, but how do Twitter users feel about Donald Trump? Computer scientists from the University of Utah have developed what they call sentiment analysis software that can determine how som

Utah candidates for local and state office are facing off this week in debates. (Kichigin/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utahans are getting a break between presidential debates to learn more about how local candidates plan to address education, health care, public lands and other issues in the state. A non-partisan debate series kicked off this week and goes until Monday. It’s sponsored

AARP Utah has scheduled a series of TEK Workshops for those who may need some help mastering their smartphone. (ocskaymark/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - AARP Utah is sponsoring a series of "TEK Workshops," events to help people age 50-plus get the most out of using their smartphones. Three sets of TEK Workshops are scheduled Aug. 8, 22 and 28, covering such topics as smartphone basics, advanced skills, and how to stay safe when usin

Advocates for designating the Bears Ears region of Utah as a national monument say opponents are using “dirty tricks” to turn residents of the area against the project. (USGS/Wikimedia Commons)

MONTICELLO, Utah - Groups advocating national monument status for the Bears Ears region of Utah say opponents are using false information and veiled threats to intimidate local residents. Native American and conservation groups say a well-funded campaign in Southeastern Utah is posting forged fede

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on their tobacco control policies (audelfin/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - The American Lung Association says Utah does a good job of protecting its citizens from secondhand smoke, but rates poorly in other areas of tobacco control. In a recent report, Utah received an "F" in both smoking prevention and programs to help smokers quit, and a "D" for how it

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation make recommendations to help states improve foster care. (kakisky/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - Kids in foster care don't just need a place to live they need a family to love them in good times and bad, now and in the future so the system needs to do a better job of vetting potential foster parents. That's one finding of a report from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initi

Utah is launching a new program to better children's lives called Evidence2Success. Courtesy: Annie E. Casey Foundation

SALT LAKE CITY - Kearns Township in Salt Lake County is gearing up to launch a new program called Evidence2Success that takes a hard look at what's going on in kids' lives, then focuses attention on the solutions that show the most promise. The program uses data from the state SHARP survey which

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