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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


New Medicaid work requirements could leave many without coverage, we get perspective from Utah; also on the rundown, a look at the impact of the Trump administrations efforts to erase references to climate change; and Reading Partners Baltimore inspires struggling readers.

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Public News Service - NC: Children's Issues

The expansion of the Autism Clinic in Winston-Salem will enable the clinic to treat more children and offer additional services to children and their families. (KOMU News/flickr)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Rates of autism diagnosis are on the increase in North Carolina, up 30 percent since 2012. But in many parts of the state, families are waiting up to 18 months for the initial evaluation. That is changing for at least one community in the state, with the expansion of

My Friend Cayla is advertised as the world's first interactive doll, but a security loophole has drawn some concern, including from the FBI. (USPIRG)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you may want to take the time to read labels and carefully consider toys you buy for the children in your life. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released its Trouble in Toyland report this week, and while concerns over small parts or lead

Concern is growing about the issue of absenteeism in North Carolina schools and its impact on student performance. (CameliaTWU/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina schools are open for business, but getting students to attend on a regular basis isn't always easy. According to a report released this week, at some schools as much as 26 percent of the student population is chronically absent. The term describes children who

An estimated 25,000 children weren't counted in North Carolina in 2010, and 39 state groups want to make sure the 2020 Census is properly funding to prevent an undercount from happening again. (roberto volterra/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Future funding for North Carolina's children largely depends on the 2020 census, so this week 39 organizations sent a letter to the state's congressional delegation urging lawmakers to take steps now for a complete and accurate count. What's at stake? Block grants that provide fundi

Peaceful Schools North Carolina has implemented its program in several Durham schools. (Krissy Venosdale/Flickr)

DURHAM, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolina children have their first day of school this week, and while the emphasis is on academics, more educators also are looking at innovative ways to encourage a healthy learning environment. The group Peaceful Schools NC works with schools to create a positive

28 North Carolina teachers traveled to Germany as part of the Go Global NC initiative. (Go Global)

CLINTON, N.C. -- As school systems across North Carolina prepare to start a new year, teachers are returning refreshed and, in some cases, equipped with knowledge to better serve their classrooms. That's the case for 28 teachers from across the state who traveled to Germany this summer to understa

The proposal to reduce funding for Medicaid being discussed today in Congress could greatly impact the availability of health care for North Carolina. (UW Health)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- According to the most recent data from NC Child, 96 percent of children in North Carolina have health insurance. But their access to care is uncertain as the U.S. House votes Thursday on a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and greatly reduce funding for Medicaid. The

President Donald Trump's immigration order has prompted families who have adopted children internationally to double-check that the child's U.S. citizenship paperwork is in order. (Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- An Asheville mom had an unpleasant surprise this week when she called the Social Security Administration and discovered her adopted son is still listed as a "legal alien.” Although Amber Ukena had filed the proper paperwork almost 10 years ago when she brought her son home

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