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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 - UT: Youth Issues

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

Planned Parenthood of Utah told a panel of judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Gov. Gary Herbert illegally cut the group's funding.

SALT LAKE CITY - Planned Parenthood of Utah is asking a federal appeals court to force Gov. Gary Herbert to stop cutting off funds to the organization. Herbert issued an order in 2015 withholding $272,000 from the group despite an investigation in Texas that cleared Planned Parenthood of illegally

A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Utah is making its way through the state legislature. (Wikipedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY - A bill to legalize medical marijuana is set for a final vote this week in the Utah Senate after getting preliminary approval by just two votes. The measure, Senate Bill 73, allows qualifying medical patients to use marijuana in edible, extract and oil form to treat illness. Magg

Utah has one of the worst records in the United States for enrolling Latino children in health insurance, according to a new report. (kathyyeulet/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah has one of the worst records in the country on insuring Latino children, according to a report issued today from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza. The state has 85,000 uninsured children, and 36,000 of them - about

Planned Parenthood rally in August at the Utah statehouse protesting Gov. Gary Herbert's decision to cut off funding.  (Planned Parenthood Association of Utah)

SALT LAKE CITY - Women's health advocates are slamming a judge's decision Tuesday to allow the state of Utah to cut off $273,000 a year in federal funds to Planned Parenthood. Gov. Gary Herbert blocked the grants in August, indicating outrage over undercover videos purporting to show Planned Paren

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

Medicaid celebrates 50th anniversary July 30, 2015. Courtesy: Connecticut Department of Health

SALT LAKE CITY – A report released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Medicaid has found the program improves a child's long-term health, education and economic success. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that established Medicare and Medicaid. This week's

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