PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers and Granite State advocates say they oppose the get tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: a protest against the expansion of tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - ID: Children's Issues

An Idaho child care consultant says you might be sending a future leader to day care, so it's important to pick the facility carefully. (Eduardo Merille/Flickr)

POCATELLO, Idaho – How do parents know if a child care facility is right for them? The answer differs among families, but there are some points to consider. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) says relationships should be the emphasis among children, caregi

The coffins at Monday's march signify the children who have died from faith-based medical neglect in Idaho. (Bruce Wingate)

BOISE, Idaho – Marchers will carry 183 child-sized coffins to the State Capitol Monday to honor and symbolize each of the children they say have died because of Idaho's faith healing exemption law. Idaho is one of only six states where parents who withhold medical care for religious reasons

Some Idaho school districts provide sexual abuse training. (Pexels/PIxabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Stories of sexual assault against children have been in the news recently in Idaho and nationwide, including details of allegations against former state Rep. Brandon Hixon since his suicide earlier this month. Nationally, the former physician for the USA gymnastics team, Dr. L

Preschool is a time for children to develop social and emotional skills, an early childhood advocate says. (Tabitha Blue/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Preschool is a priority for an overwhelming majority of Idahoans, according to new poll. On Wednesday, the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children and other early-education advocates presented survey results from Gem State voters and parents in Boise. Erik Iverson hea

Families living in relative comfort should take some time to think about those in need this holiday season, says Taryn Yates of the Idaho Children's Trust Fund. (emz993/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – As a grant manager for the Idaho Children's Trust Fund, Taryn Yates considers the well-being of children in a host of trying situations. More than 17 percent of Idaho children are living in poverty; others face unstable home lives as parents struggle with mental illness or addic

Idaho ranks high in terms of having supportive families and communities, which are key protective measures for children who have experienced trauma. (Idaho Air National Guard/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – A staggering number of children in Idaho have experienced at least one traumatic event, according to a new report. But the same report says the Gem State has a strong network of supportive families and neighborhoods to push back against this problem. In Idaho, nearly 51 percen

Preschool programs exist around Idaho, but it still is one of only six states that doesn't fund preschool. (Paul Schultz/Flickr)

IDAHO CITY, Idaho – Boise State University's preschool pilot program in Boise has underscored the importance of early education, but the city isn't the only one in Idaho offering affordable access to preschool. In fact, some other cities have been doing it for much longer. For 18 years, ev

Peaceful Belly Farm participates in the Food is Medicine project to bring fresh produce to food insecure families.(Peaceful Belly Farm)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is proclaiming October Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month. His proclamation will be read at Peaceful Belly Farm in Garden City and highlight the fact that many families in the Gem State aren't sure where their next meal is coming from. Peaceful Bel

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