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    PNS Daily Newscast - Tuesday, May 24th, 20160 


    The head of security for the TSA has been removed from the job. Ten million dollars is going to help landscapes devastated by fire, and a new interactive map will let you know if you live near a park that's been treated with cancer causing herbicides.

Public News Service - Arkansas

Experts say kids need to spend less time in front of a screen, and warn too much of it could hurt their communication skills. (Victoria Jordan)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Smartphones and tablets make communicating easy in some ways and yet, experts warn there may be consequences for youngsters. A new poll from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association found the biggest concern of speech pathologists is that excessive technology use is rep...Read More

Public News Service - AR

Washing your vehicle at home uses more than 100 gallons of water on average. (Virginia Carter)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - How many times have you driven through your neighborhood and noticed people out washing their cars in the driveway? The scene is depicted on television shows and at the movies too, but there's an effort under way to stop that practice. Jane Maginot, urban stormwater educato...Read More

Public News Service - AR

Children of color and from low-economic households have higher rates of asthma and more severe symptoms. (CDC)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – May is Asthma Awareness Month and, according to the American Lung Association, nearly 26 million people in the U.S. suffer from the condition, and more than 7 million are children. A study by the University of Arkansas found 13 percent of adults in Arkansas have asthma, a...Read More

Public News Service - AR

A letter has been sent to Arkansas' governor asking him to protect the state's transgender community. (Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The transgender community in Arkansas is pushing back against Gov. Asa Hutchinson's recommendation that public schools ignore President Obama's directive allowing students to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify. The Rev. Gwen Frey, president of the Arkansas T...Read More

Public News Service - AR

Civil rights and environmental groups want to encourage more visits to state parks by minorities. (Virginia Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service nears, a coalition of civil rights and conservation groups is calling for public lands to be more inclusive. The coalition has started a petition urging President Obama to issue an executive order to ensure public lands invo...Read More

Public News Service - AR

Arkansas is doing better than some other states, with almost half of pre-school age children enrolled in classes. (Sierra Black)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Wading through the paperwork involved in getting government help to pay for child care can be overwhelming to already overworked parents. A new report by the Center for American Progress looked at how difficult it can be for low-income families to navigate an underfunded child-ca...Read More

Public News Service - AR

Thousands of children are waiting to be adopted in Arkansas, including many siblings who don't want to be separated. (Arkansas DCFS)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - This is National Foster Care Month, and advocates hope to bring awareness to the issue so more children can find a permanent home. Several nonprofit groups in Arkansas try to recruit and work with foster families. One is Project Zero, whose executive director, Christie Erwin, ha...Read More

Public News Service - AR

Consumers who feel they've bought something they really didn't want have three days to cancel the purchase under Arkansas law. (bbb.org)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Many of us have fallen victim to a high-pressure sales pitch and ended up buying something we really didn't need or want. A law on the books in Arkansas gives consumers three days to cancel a purchase from a door-to-door sale, or something bought at an outdoor festival or...Read More

Public News Service - AR

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