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 - NM: Children's Issues

New Mexico children's advocates say expanding the state's home-visiting program could reduce the high number of children suffering from adverse experiences. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The biannual Child Trends report shows New Mexico children suffer traumatic events at a higher rate than kids in almost any other state in the nation. Those events, known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), include abuse and neglect, living with someone who has an unt

Enrollment in colleges across New Mexico fell 14 percent from 2010 to 2016. (

SANTA FE, N.M. – A bill is advancing in the Legislature that would require high schools students to apply to at least one two or four-year college before they're allowed to graduate. Exceptions would be made for students who can show they've committed to military service, a vocational progra

New Mexico legislators are reviewing a new report on the state's dismal well-being of children as they start the 2018 lawmaking session. (

SANTA FE, N.M. – The well-being of New Mexico children lags dramatically behind other states, and a new report says the only thing that will fix the problem is policy changes by state lawmakers. According to the latest report from Voices for Children, New Mexico has the highest overall child

Brush up on hand-washing hygiene. The flu season isn't even half over, but New Mexico is reporting more influenza cases and deaths than last year. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The flu season is weeks away from its annual peak and already cases of reported influenza in New Mexico are double what they were at this time last year. The state has reported six flu-related deaths this season and 12 outbreaks – meaning high numbers of cases in a

Are kids' video games a gateway to compulsive gambling in adulthood? A New Mexico study aims to find out. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A study is under way to determine the extent of problem gambling in New Mexico, and whether more young people are being drawn in because today's casino games are increasingly likely to resemble video games. Rebecca Beardsley, president of the Responsible Gaming Association of

School officials in Aztec, N. M., say they need more time to prepare teachers before they reopen the high school where two students were killed last week. (

AZTEC, N.M. -- Classes are cancelled at all public schools in Aztec, N.M, today as staff and counselors prepare for emotional conversations, after a school shooting there took two students' lives last week. A 21-year-old gunman pretending to be a student at Aztec High School walked into the school

New science shows young people's brains are able to heal after trauma, meaning no child is a lost cause. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Improved science on adolescent brain development shows there are new ways to help the more-than 2,300 children in New Mexico's foster care system become successful adults. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report, "The Road to Adulthood," offers recommendations on how to trea

Proponents of spending New Mexico's windfall from the Volkswagen Clean Air Act violations on electric buses will rally in Albuquerque on Thursday. (Children's Clean Air Network)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health says 47,000 children in the state suffer from asthma, and that's why a coalition wants funds from the Volkswagen emissions-test settlement spent to transition diesel school buses to electric. A group will rally in Albuquerque Thursday t

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