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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 

    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.


PHOTO: Poverty is plaguing families in parts of Indiana, and community leaders, educators, counselors and others who work with children will gather today to examine solutions. Photo Credit: Rich Mullins/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Research finds 22 percent of Indiana's children are poor, and the problem is even greater in the southern part of the state. Today, those who advocate for children will discuss approaches to help lift Indiana families out of poverty. Melissa Fry, director of the Applied Rese ...Read More

PHOTO: A packed courtroom hears closing arguments last week in San Francisco. The fate of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) now is in the hands of a judge who is deciding whether the school should lose its accreditation and close. Photo courtesy of California Federation of Teachers.
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SAN FRANCISCO - Eighty-thousand City College of San Francisco students are waiting to hear if their school will be shut down. A judge is deciding whether CCSF deserves to have its accreditation revoked. Student and single mother Bouchra Simmons said the school is the only option for her and many ot ...Read More

PHOTO: The Juvenile Detention Center at Bridgeport. The city has a new Juvenile Review Board which embraces diversion options, recognizing the historically disproportionate number of kids of color who have ended up in detention because they acted out at school. Photo credit: State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.

HARTFORD, Conn. – This has been a year of progress for juvenile justice in Connecticut, particularly in dealing with racial disparities when children are arrested at school. Jason Szanyi, a staff attorney with the Center for Children's Law and Policy, says his group has worked with four Conn ...Read More

PHOTO: Getting more 3- and 4-year-olds into preschool in Oregon, and more kids into full-day kindergarten, are among the education priorities in Gov. John Kitzhaber's budget proposal for the next biennium. Photo credit: kali9/

SALEM, Ore. - The state budget proposal from Gov. John Kitzhaber this week sets the tone for what looks to be months of tough decisions ahead in Salem. In pre-session meetings the last couple of days, legislators heard some of the reasoning behind the budget line items, as well as public reactions. ...Read More

PHOTO: Dallas is part of a group of the nation's largest school districts adopting an antibiotic-free policy for chicken served on cafeteria menus. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.

DALLAS - The menu is changing - some say for the better - at some of the nation's largest schools, as chicken raised with antibiotics is getting the boot. The districts that are moving to "antibiotic-free" chicken are part of the Urban School Food Alliance. Its members include the Dallas Independen ...Read More

PHOTO: As West Virginia lawmakers prepare for the legislative session, it looks unlikely that a change of control in both House and Senate will derail Gov. Tomblin's push to reform the state's juvenile justice system. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Control of the West Virginia Legislature may have changed, but juvenile-justice reform still seems likely. It's one of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's big initiatives for the year, and the long-time Senate president usually gets his proposals though the Legislature. At a Thursday ev ...Read More

PHOTO: A jail cell is no place for a juvenile, says Jim Moeser of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. He says the state law that mandates 17-year-olds be handled in adult court is not working and could be changed this spring. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

MADISON, Wis. – Since 1996, Wisconsin law has required that 17-year-olds be automatically sent to the adult justice system rather than the juvenile justice system. Advocates for these teens, including Jim Moeser, deputy director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, say the law ...Read More

PHOTO: The group Zero to Three and other organizations held what they called a "Rally4Babies" on Wednesday, in support of investment in child care and education. Photo courtesy Zero to Three.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Wednesday was a big day for babies and toddlers, as the White House held a summit meeting on early education and groups such as the New York-based Parent-Child Home Program advocated for continued federal funding of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, ...Read More

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