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 - MO: Children's Issues

Oral health problems affect not only a person's ability to eat and speak but are inter-connected with such serious health issues as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and preterm or low birth-weight infants. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Show-Me State continues to rank below average for oral health, but there has been recent progress on that front. The state Legislature reinstated coverage for dental care for adults who are eligible for Medicaid. That has helped provide more people with oral service

The Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy was established in 2011. (Children's Mercy Kansas City)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City is on its way to becoming an international hub in genomic research and the fight against pediatric diseases. Two major endowments totaling $150 million last month are being used to lure top-notch pediatric research scientists to study and combat rare diseases i

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

Volunteers assist with the Point-in-Time homeless count each year. (Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In past years, volunteers would brave the winter streets with paper surveys to identify the number of people experiencing homelessness for the annual Point-in-Time homeless count. This year, volunteers will be using their mobile devices for a more accurate count. On Wedn

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

Whether you take your child to a hospital emergency room or an urgent care center, it's best to make sure it is staffed by board-certified pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners. (Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – 'Tis the season for frequent visits to the emergency rooms – but should you go to an urgent care center instead? Many families face that dilemma, especially through the holidays. Physicians report the winter holidays are the busiest times for medical emergencies, b

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

Ninety percent of individuals who survive a suicide attempt do not go on to die by suicide at a later date, according to Dr. Shayla Sullivant. (Sasin Tipchai/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There is hope beyond the headlines, according to a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics, even as research shows children and teens are taking their lives by suicide in greater numbers. Dr. Shayla Sullivant said stigma and easy access to guns

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