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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 - VA: Children's Issues

Data from The Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that locking up juvenile offenders when they are not really a threat can change the young person for life. (Richard Ross/AECF)

RICHMOND, Va. – A program to help keep juvenile offenders out of pre-trial detention is showing big results for Virginia. The state and some local jurisdictions have worked with The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative since 2003. Beth Stinnett, program ma

Shifting Medicaid costs from the federal government to states like Virginia, where the budget is already tight, could mean fewer children are covered. (David Ragusa/Barn Images)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Advocates say that the changes to Medicaid that are part of the proposed Obamacare repeal would likely damage health programs for Virginia children. One part of the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would cut the federal Medicaid budget and turn funding into fixed, per c

Toney McNair, Virginia's 2017 Teacher of the Year, says state lawmakers could be doing more to help educators make a difference in the students' lives. (Virginia Education Assn.)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's Teacher of the Year says connecting with students is a calling, even an assignment for him, and he says lawmakers should provide the resources needed to help. The General Assembly is debating Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget plan, including the first statewide teacher p

Matt Brown was born with heart defects, but his family says medical research has meant he can climb to the top of the steps featured in the movie

RICHMOND, Va. - Funding from the American Heart Association to study heart defects is doing a lot of good in Virginia, according to families and medical researchers. The Heart Association and the Children's Heart Foundation recently announced grants totaling more than $1 million for projects in sev

The Obama administration has been a strong proponent of Head Start nationally, but advocates say Virginia should do more to fill in the gaps between local programs. (Whitehouse.gov)

RICHMOND, Va. — Access to quality Head Start programs varies widely, according to new research. Children's advocates say Virginia can help close educational disparities by equalizing that. The "State(s) of Head Start" report found the early education programs vary greatly from one community

Virginia has one of the highest obesity rates for lower-income toddlers (ages 2 to 4) in the country. (The Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

RICHMOND, Va. – As Virginians get ready to celebrate one of the biggest eating days of the year, new research is sounding a cautionary dinner bell. The latest State of Obesity report showed two-thirds of Virginia adults are overweight or obese, as well as one in five children between the age

Virginia educators say some of the public ed progress made in the state may be at risk in the presidential election. (Woodleywonderworks/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. – State educators say Virginia public education has a lot at risk in the presidential election. Last year, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a replacement for the previous No Child Left Behind. But Jim Livingston, president of the Virginia Education A

A new report finds young offenders spend longer locked up because of court fines and fees. (Juvenile Law Center)

RICHMOND, Va. - Young people in Virginia's juvenile-justice system often end up jailed longer because of their inability to pay fines and court fees, according to a new analysis by the Juvenile Law Center. Its report, "Debtors' Prison for Kids," found that many young offenders stay locked up or on

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