PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook is under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also on our Monday rundown: a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it's Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - MO: Early Childhood Education

Forty-five states have early childhood quality assessment and rating systems. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Parents in Missouri seeking child care typically rely on word of mouth and social media platforms such as Yelp to find quality education and providers, but a bill moving through the Missouri General Assembly could make things easier. Missouri is one of eight states with

Retired military leaders in Missouri spearhead the effort to educate lawmakers on the link between quality preschool and a better prepared military and workforce. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Department of Defense estimates that 71 percent of the roughly 34 million 17- to 24-year-olds in the United States would fail to qualify for enlistment in the military. Officials are sounding the alarm and bringing their message to Missouri lawmakers, calling for an

More than 100,000 Missouri children live in immigrant families. (26057/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The biggest barriers to success for Missouri's children are in the paths of black and Hispanic populations, and children from immigrant families, according to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report ranks children's progress on a scale of one to 1,000, for mi

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Advocates say we've come a long way in accepting people with differences. (Victoria Jordan)

OZARK, Missouri - In 1987 President Ronald Reagan declared March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, calling on Americans to provide the "encouragement and opportunities" necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential. Jan Jones is director of Abilities First

The U.S. Postal Service receives, and helps answer, millions of letters to Santa each year. (USPS)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo - At a time when "goodwill toward men" may seem to be in short supply, many kids across Missouri and the nation will have their holiday wishes answered by perfect strangers, just because they dropped a letter in the mail. It's a timeless tradition, kids writing to Santa, and for

PHOTO: Childhood is less fun and games and more of a struggle for Missouri kids who grow up impoverished. A new report encourages the use of an updated tool to measure and combat child poverty. Photo credit: Hilary Clarcq/Morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's been more than 50 years since the federal government's official measure of poverty was created, and a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says it's time for a new ruler. The current method for measuring poverty doesn't take into account assistance benefits or re

PHOTO: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has been popping in at local libraries to read to children as part of the

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of Missouri children and their caregivers are kicking their reading skills into high gear this summer, with grants from the state to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the "Racing to Read" grants est

PHOTO: Missouri must work harder as a state to ensure equal opportunity for all children, says a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Education

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - If all Missouri children deserve a chance to succeed, the state has some work ahead to ensure them equal opportunity. That's the finding of a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which looks at how children are doing on key milestones based on their race or ethnic grou

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