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    PNS Daily News - May 25, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; On this Memorial Day, President Obama is honoring the many Americans who paid the ultimate price in service to their country; Memorial Day can also mark the start of summer, which can mean more drownings, we’ll have a report out of Arizona, on National Drowning Prevention Month; and a report on a possible political debate at Centre College in Kentucky.


PHOTO: Centre College, which has hosted two vice presidential debates, including this one in 2012 between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, will be the site of a Kentucky gubernatorial debate Oct. 6. Photo courtesy Centre College.

DANVILLE, Ky. - Centre College has become synonymous with high-profile political debates including Lieberman-Cheney in 2000 and Biden-Ryan in 2012. Now the liberal arts college in Danville has extended invitations to Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee for governor, and his two potential Republican ...Read More

PHOTO: As students around the Buckeye State celebrate their high school graduations this weekend, a recent report finds they are also helping Ohio remain on pace to achieve a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. Photo credit: dee/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's graduation season, and an increasing number of Ohio high school seniors are donning a cap and gown. According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report, Ohio's high school graduation rate was up more than 2 percent in 2013 and is slightly higher than the national average of ab ...Read More

PHOTO: Studying for the GED or learning English in Nevada can usually be accomplished at no cost through the local library. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

LAS VEGAS - People in Nevada wanting to update their literacy skills or learn to read and write English often need not look further than their local public library. Mary Ramirez, interim manager with Computer Assisted Literacy in Libraries at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, says the ...Read More

PHOTO: A family environment leads to far better outcomes for kids in the child-welfare system, but in Iowa a significant percentage of these children are ending up in non-family care, such as group and institutional settings. Photo credit: Liz West/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - New research shows that Iowa is falling short when it comes to the critical importance of family placement for kids in the child-welfare system. According to the report "Every Kid Needs a Family" from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, about 14 percent of those in the child-welfare ...Read More

PHOTO: A group of fourth-grade students has made passing a smoke-free law in Middlesboro their civics project. Their City Council votes on it this week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. – In Kentucky, local smoke-free laws now cover about a third of the state's nearly 4.5 million people. And it may come as a surprise who is leading the call for a smoke-free ordinance in one town – seven fourth-graders. They are members of the Destination Imagination ...Read More

PHOTO: A new USDA report shows many high skill jobs in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment sectors, but not enough college graduates to fill them. Photo credit: ackab1/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – New research shows a growing demand for highly skilled workers in agriculture, but not enough young people are choosing that field of study. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are nearly 60,000 high skill job openings in the nation's food, agriculture, re ...Read More

PHOTO: As Texas legislators consider a series of proposals that would change how young people fit into the justice system, a new report suggests the state should capitalize on recent progress made in juvenile justice reform. Photo credit: WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has unfinished business in juvenile justice reform, according to a new report from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. The report was released as lawmakers consider bills that would expand independent oversight of juvenile facilities (HB 3277), increase support for local p ...Read More

PHOTO: Students who wish to opt out of standardized testing in the Commonwealth now have the backing of the state's largest teachers union. Photo credit: Wikimedia -

BOSTON - While the school year is nearing the end, many students still face a round of standardized testing - and now students who decide to opt out have the state's largest teachers union behind them. Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni said the union supports students op ...Read More

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