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    PNS Daily News - March 6, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; New York schools lifting some barriers to immigrant enrollment; Connecticut lawmakers take up a Better Jobs Act; and citizens in West Virginia force lawmakers to shed some light on dark money.

Public News Service - Arkansas

PHOTO: A new report takes a closer look at poverty in Arkansas and finds that after factoring in assistance programs, there is good news for kids. Photo credit: carlkk/pixabay.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The measuring tool for poverty has been recalibrated and the new calculation shows a success story for Arkansas which is often cited for its high poverty level. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses a U.S. Census Bureau calculator that factors in state and federa...Read More

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PHOTO: Arkansas is a success story for serving breakfast at school to low-income students. "Grab-and go" options help serve more meals to more kids. Photo courtesy of USDA.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas is on the honor roll when it comes to serving school breakfast to low-income students. The School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center ranks Arkansas 10th best for serving first meals to nearly 170,000 children. FRAC President Jim Weill ...Read More

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PHOTO: The subprime auto-financing market has seen strong growth over the past couple of years. The trend was mentioned as a risk to Arkansas' economy at a recent summit. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Similarities have been found in auto lending that look an awful lot like what happened in the mortgage market prior to the meltdown. Those trends are featured in a new report from the Center for Responsible Lending. Chris Kukla, the center's senior vice president, explained tha...Read More

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PHOTO: Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice for "Hunger Day" at the Capitol. Hunger relief agency workers will also be on hand to discuss the state's consistently high food insecurity rates. Photo credit: Arnold Gatilao/Wikimedia Commons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches today for "Hunger Day" at the Capitol. That's a meal Arkansans dependent on food banks or soup kitchens are likely to eat for dinner, according to Nancy Conley, communicati...Read More

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PHOTO: The get outside message for children is being extended to children with disabilities. A professional outdoor educator cites benefits for a child's development, as well as stress relief for the whole family. Photo credit: USFWS/Southeast via Flickr Creative Commons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The get outside message for children is being extended to children with disabilities. A professional outdoor educator is asking Arkansas families to think about the power of nature, even as they're busy dealing with the schedules of a child with a disability. Kathy Ambr...Read More

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PHOTO: Party hosts should not hesitate to intervene to prevent a guest from driving while drunk. That's the message to Arkansans from MADD. Photo courtesy of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas law-enforcement agencies have stepped up DUI patrols for New Year celebrations. Nearly 150 people die each year in alcohol-related crashes in the state, with the numbers declining in recent years. But impaired-driving incidents tend to spike during the last two weeks o...Read More

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PHOTO: Arkansas would receive incentives for locking up fewer juveniles under a newly updated Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act introduced in Congress. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Congress is set to consider updating a decades-old law that guides states on the custody and care of juveniles in the criminal justice system. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was introduced late last week, and one big change would be providing incentives to st...Read More

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PHOTO: The Home Visiting Coalition wants to see federal funding for programs that help struggling parents continue. Unless Congress acts, funding will expire in March. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March unless Congress takes action. A coalition of 750 organizations, including six in Arkansas, sent a letter ask...Read More

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