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    PNS Daily News - July 7, 20150 

    A variety of issues on today's nationwide rundown including; Kentucky getting feedback on updated fracking regulations, while activists are arrested in California protesting oil trains; a U-S District Judge being asked to intervene in the Illinois budget mess to protect vulnerable children; and a wild ride for Washington State workers comes to a happy ending.

Early Childhood Education

PHOTO: As the Illinois budget impasse continues, the ACLU is asking a U.S. District Court in Chicago to enforce a consent decree guaranteeing an adequate level of services for abused children. Photo credit: Sharon Mollerus/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois budget debacle is not only putting state workers' pay in limbo, it is also threatening funding that helps some of the state's most vulnerable children. The ACLU of Illinois is asking a U.S. District Court to enforce a consent decree to ensure continued payment ...Read More

PHOTO: Program director Nation Wright leads a traditional Native American round dance with students at Minnesota's American Indian Freedom Schools program, the first of its kind among the more than 200 Freedom Schools sites across the United States. Photo courtesy of CDF-Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With a goal of curbing summer learning loss and closing the achievement gap, the nation's first-ever Freedom Schools program for the American Indian community has opened in Minnesota. The six-week summer enrichment offering is provided by Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. Its pro ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado got an "F" for effort in a new national report card on public education from the Education Law Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy.

DENVER - A new report card from the Education Law Center gives Colorado a failing grade when it comes to educating the state's students. The report found public school funding in most states continues to be unfair, shortchanging the nation's 49 million public school students, especially those livin ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado projects honored as national leaders for promoting health include Aurora's Increasing Access program to expand health services during a child's first 1,000 days of life. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

DENVER – Three Colorado projects are winners in a nationwide search for innovative approaches to addressing poor health in low-income communities. "Project Access" in Colorado Springs says it plans to use its $75,000 award to accelerate efforts to bring faith-based, health and recreational or ...Read More

PHOTO: While progress has been made nationally, Virginia saw a sight step back in the number of qualified, low-income children in summer feeding programs in the commonwealth in 2014. Photo courtesy of

RICHMOND, Va. - More low-income children across the country are being fed school-style lunches during the summertime, but that number is somewhat lower in Virginia than in previous years. According to LaTonya Reed, director of Virginia Hunger Solutions, Virginia has made progress over the last seve ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposed $1.1 billion tax increase to benefit the state's education system has sailed through the Nevada Legislature. Photo courtesy Gov. Sandoval's office.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - State lawmakers are giving the nod to Governor Brian Sandoval's effort to modernize Nevada's education system through a $1.1 billion tax increase. Senate Bill 483 received the necessary two-thirds support in both the state Assembly and Senate to ensure passage, and the bill now ...Read More

Photo: A bill now sits on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk that critics say could impact undercover investigations at daycare and nursing home facilities, in addition to factory farms. Photo credit: anitapeppers/

RALEIGH, N.C. – A bill (H405) commonly referred to as an ag gag bill now sits on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk, waiting on him to sign or veto the legislation. While the bill has made headlines for its potential impact on whistle-blower investigations on factory farms, critics maintain the broad l ...Read More

PHOTO: The Texas House of Representatives has passed HB 31 and HB 32, which call for nearly $5 billion in sales and business tax cuts. The bills' sponsors say the measures will save a family of four $172 a year. Critics argue the state needs to invest surpluses in children and infrastructure. Photo credit: Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House passed nearly $5 billion in sales and business tax cuts earlier this week. Proponents say the move will boost the economy and put an additional $172 into a family of four's pockets. Critics warn tax cuts mean reduced funding for public schools, health care and social ...Read More

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