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PNS Daily Newscast - October 24, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon attempts to clear the air on the ambush of U.S. troops; high marks for the nation’s capital city in meeting the needs of immigrant children; and we’ll tell you why experts are encouraging expanded vision screening of kids.

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Public News Service - WI: Urban Planning/Transportation

More car-pedestrian accidents involving school children happen between 3 and 7 p.m. than at any other time of day. (H. Armstrong Roberts/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – All across the United States at this time of year, 55 million children head back to school, walking and biking to class. AAA Wisconsin reminds drivers that speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. The number one thing to remember, according to Nick Jarmusz, pu

Transportation funding is the stumbling block that's delaying passage of a new two-year budget in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Department of Transportation)

MADISON, Wis. – The state budget is now two weeks overdue, mainly because the Republican leadership can't seem to come to terms with its membership and the governor about how to fund the transportation part of the budget. State law says the new two-year budget should have been passed by July

A University of Wisconsin study says old power plants that kick in to meet peak power demands are also huge polluters of the air. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. - Although the hottest days of summer are still many weeks away, a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study is the first to shed light on the exact relationship between air conditioning use and power plant emissions. Soaring temperatures typically coincide with the days of highest ai

Wisconsin state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, says the Legislature must address the state's lagging economy and declining wages in its 2017 agenda. (Official Wisconsin Legislature photo)

MADISON, Wis. - As the year draws to an end, Wisconsin Democrats say job and wage growth in the state is stagnant, which has compounded the challenges facing families in the Badger State. As Republicans plan to stay the course of austerity and cuts to existing budgets, Democrats say 2017 should bri

Wisconsin still has 176,000 lead pipes carrying water into homes, which is one reason for the state's higher percentage of children with high blood lead levels. (Giambra/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin's blood lead poisoning levels among children are similar to the 2015 rate in Flint, Mich., according to a new report from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF). This is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and blood lead poisoning is termed a prev

A state senator from northern Wisconsin says the state's scarce transportation funds are going to build roads in Milwaukee and Madison, not to fix rural roads that need maintenance. (WI Dept. of Trans.)

MADISON, Wis. – Democratic state Sen. Janet Bewley, who represents a district in northern Wisconsin, has introduced legislation that would repeal the Manufacturing and Agricultural Tax Credit and use the money to repair roads and bridges in rural Wisconsin. Bewley says the tax break benefits

A new law regarding cell-phone use on Wisconsin roads goes into effect October first. (Natalia Belatelova/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. - Every day in the United States, eight people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured by crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wisconsin is one of 46 states that have laws against texting while driving, but a new law tha

Workers took nearly a decade to replace every lead water pipe in Madison, Wis., but now the city and state are helping other communities struggling with the problem. (Madison Water Utility)

MADISON, Wis. - Several years ago, long before the crisis in Flint, Mich., Madison became the first community in the nation to replace all lead water pipes. Several other Wisconsin communities – including Green Bay, Wausau, Kaukauna, Marshfield and others – either have replacement pro

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