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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - AZ: Education

Low pay leads to staff retention problems. Nearly three-quarters of Arizona schools have teacher shortages, according to Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. (Andy Blackledge/Flickr)

PHOENIX - They're calling them "walk-ins," as Arizona teachers across the state protest today to demand higher pay. About 1,000 public schools are expected to participate. Teachers, along with staff, parents and community members, have said they'll march arm-in-arm into schools before the start of

A new report recommends encouraging teens in foster care to achieve milestones such as getting a job and learning to drive. (Darnok/Morguefile)

PHOENIX — A new report says teenagers in foster care need as much normalcy and stability as possible - because their brains are still developing into their twenties. Researchers from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative looked at the science and found that adolescents' brains are stil

An extra 40 minutes a day spent outdoors can made a difference in reducing a child’s risk of becoming nearsighted. (US Fis & Wildlife Service/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Telling little ones to "go play outside" isn't just good for a parent's sanity – time spent in the daylight is also beneficial for children's sight. About 5 percent of school age children in the U.S. have myopia, or nearsightedness, a condition the World Health Organization s

Despite the recovery, Arizona school budgets are still 19 percent below pre-Recession levels. (Melpomenem/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – The Arizona education budget is $1.1 billion lower than before the Recession - and new policy brief says Gov. Doug Ducey's plan to raise revenues by growing the economy simply won't suffice. Arizona has cut taxes year after year - and then slashed school budgets to the bone during th

Financial barriers can prevent parents from scheduling a follow-up eye exam after a vision screening detects a problem with their child's eyesight. (Joe Whited/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Eyes are windows for learning, and when children can't see well, their education can suffer. Benita Loy, health services coordinator for the Washington Elementary School District, says the earlier a sight problem is detected, the better. But only about 27 percent of Arizona child

Deedra Abboud, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, emphasizes issues such as affordable child care, education, health care, wage equality and social unity. (Abboud 2018)

PHOENIX – On Monday, Deedra Abboud, an immigration attorney from Phoenix, became the first Democrat to enter the 2018 race for the U.S. Senate in a bid to unseat incumbent Republican Jeff Flake. Abboud also makes a bit of history by becoming the first Muslim-American in Arizona to run for high

Advocates for Arizonans with disabilities have mixed reactions to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. (Keith A. Almli/Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – The leader of the state's largest advocacy group for people with disabilities is speaking out against Betsy DeVos, just confirmed in the U.S. Senate as the next Secretary of Education. DeVos is an advocate for school choice and vouchers from Michigan, whose family has contributed hun

The 2016 Kids Count Data Book for Arizona says the state has seen an 87 percent increase in the number of children entering the foster-care system. (wavebreakmedia/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - It's getting tougher to be a kid in Arizona, according to a new report. The 2016 Kids Count Data Book for Arizona shows that more children are living in poverty, family incomes are dropping and the number of kids in foster care continues to rise. The data, published every two years by the

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