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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Youth Issues

Eight families will be honored on Michigan Reunification Day. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – There's a special celebration today to honor Michigan families that were once torn apart. Michigan Reunification Day recognizes parents who have successfully navigated the challenges that caused them to be separated from their children. Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge T ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision in Fisher vs. University of Texas in Austin, a case where the university's admissions policy, which includes race as a factor, is being challenged. (morguefile.com)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The future of affirmative action policies at North Carolina's universities could be determined by a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. As early as this week, the court is expected to rule on a case challenging the admission policy at the University of Texas in Austin (Fisher v. ...Read More

The well-being of Tennessee children is not as positive as it was a year ago, according to a report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While there are some signs of a recovering economy in Tennessee, many are being left out of the uptick, and that's now being illustrated by how the state's children are doing when it comes to access to resources and health care. According to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, the stat ...Read More

Olympic Peninsula YMCAs are using school gardens to teach children during the summer. (Growing Great/flickr)

SEATTLE - Children who rely on school meal programs often struggle with hunger over the summer, when access to meal programs is limited. According to a report from the Food Research and Action Center, Washington saw a 27 percent increase in average participation per day in summer nutrition programs ...Read More

Pennsylvania has dropped from 19th to 22nd in children's economic well-being. (Spot Us/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania continues to fall in an annual ranking of states for the overall well-being of children. The Commonwealth dropped one place to 18th among all states in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2016 Kids Count Data Book, measuring economic, educational and health status. Accor ...Read More

The Journey of Hope cross-country cycling trek, raising money to help people with disabilities, arrives in Las Vegas today. (The Ability Experience)

LAS VEGAS --- When "frat boys" make the news, it isn't always in a good way. But this week, a team of cyclists from the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity is to stop in Las Vegas as part of a cross-country trek to raise money for people with disabilities. Dozens of riders with the Journey of Hope started slig ...Read More

Michigan is ranked 40th among states for educational outcomes in the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – While the overall well-being of Michigan kids is improving, a new report says children are falling behind when it comes to education. Michigan dropped to 10th-worst nationally for education in the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, released today. Kids Count Michigan Project Directo ...Read More

South Dakota is making improvements in children's well-being, but researchers say the state could do better by its low-income families. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S. D. – When it comes to children's well-being, South Dakota is doing better than most other states, but researchers say there's still work to do. The latest national Kids Count Data Book ranks South Dakota 14th in the nation, up four spots from the year before. The numbers show the ...Read More

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