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 - IL: Children's Issues

More than 844 million people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water. (

CHICAGO – The 25th United Nations World Water Day is being recognized this week, and advocates are hoping the message that comes with it will inspire people to sign up for a fundraising event this spring that aims to make access to clean water easier. The Global 6K for Water walk/run is happ

Brightly-colored medication might be mistaken for candy, a reminder to parents for Illinois' Poison Prevention Month. (

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Accidental medicine poisoning sends a child under age 6 to an emergency room every nine minutes in this country - and every 12 days, a child dies. Last year, the Illinois Poison Center handled nearly 77,000 cases of people ingesting potentially harmful substances, and more

A survey by young people in Illinois found that, despite peer pressure, most teens say no to alcohol. (V. Carter)

TINLEY PARK, Ill. – Five months into a yearlong campaign to reduce underage drinking in Illinois, advocates say headway is being made. "Know the No" began in Illinois last November. It's the brainchild of a Tinley Park-based group Leaders Opposed to Underage Drinking (LOUD). The campaign is

Education suffers when quality substitute teachers can't be found. (Rockford Public Schools)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A teacher shortage continues to plague Illinois, especially its southern counties. A new survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools finds nearly 80 percent of districts have fewer teachers than they need. The group's president, Mark Jontry,

It's been a year since Illinois eliminated a rule about shackling young inmates in court. (

Re-sending to correct wording in fifth paragraph. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — It's been just over a year since the Illinois Supreme Court moved to end indiscriminate shackling of children in court, and judges across the state say it's working well. Rule 943 went into effect in November 2016. It man

The number of young people locked up in Illinois has dropped by more than 60 percent in the past few years. (Rainerzufall1234/Wikimedia Commons)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There has been a dramatic drop in the number of young people being committed to prison in Illinois and across the nation. Between 2006 and 2015, the rate of youths being sent to out-of-home placement by juvenile courts fell 50 percent, according to data recently released

Car manufacturers are required to have at least three anchors for straps that hold child car seats. (V.Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The majority of forward-facing car seats aren't being used properly, despite the strong emphasis on education on the topic, and a desire by parents and caregivers to keep children safe. Safe Kids Worldwide has launched a campaign called "Take Time to Tether" to encourage every

As Illinois kids and parents shop for school supplies, state lawmakers are still bickering over school funding legislation. (Victoria Jordan)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As kids are getting ready to start the school year in Illinois, there's still no funding plan in place to run the school districts across the state. In a 38-19 vote on Sunday, the Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's partial veto of Senate Bill 1. Rauner said

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