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 - WA: Children's Issues

Students walk out of Eastmont High School in Wenatchee on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., shooting. (Elli Delzer)

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Students and other Washingtonians are gearing up to march for their lives this Saturday to protest gun violence. In the Evergreen State, at least 15 "March for Our Lives" protests are planned in solidarity with the largest march in Washington, D.C., where survivors of the

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case on the DACA program, giving Congress more time to find a solution. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration's request to bypass a lower court and hear a case on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The decision gives a reprieve to more than 700,000 recipients of DACA, including 19,000 in Washington state w

An after-school STEM program for girls in White Salmon is just one that would lose federal funding under the Trump administration's 2019 budget. (School's Out Washington)

WHITE SALMON, Wash. – The Trump administration wants to end federal funding for after-school and summer learning programs. Money for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program drops to zero in the president's budget for 2019. Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has said there's no

The organization Neighborhoods Matter in Spokane, WA uses

SEATTLE — While people often think of school as a place to learn reading and math, schools also have another important function. Washington state school districts are recognizing the vital role of social-emotional learning - that is, supporting children's ability to build relationships, unde

The Legislature is considering a bill that would expand eligibility for the state's pre-K program. (Washington State House Republicans/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The marchers may be little, but their cause is not. Toddlers and their parents are gathering in Olympia Wednesday to rally for their education. Childhood learning advocates want greater access and more investment in the state's pre-K program, known as the Early Childhood E

A hearing is scheduled today on a bill that could help more 80 percent of social workers with student debt repay their loans. (Steve Voght/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The annual turnover rate for children’s services social workers is more than 20 percent in Washington state. Could a bill to relieve them of their student loan debt help retention and recruitment? The state Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee is

Frequent and thorough hand washing is critical to prevent the spread of viruses like the flu. (gentle07/Pixabay)

SEATTLE – How sick is sick enough to stay home from school or work? With so many obligations, the decision can be tough, but it's also vitally important during flu season. Already, 20 people have died from the flu in Washington state this season, according to health officials. Dr. Angie

About 52,000 children in Washington state get some funding for health coverage through CHIP, which is known as Apple Health for Kids. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program hasn't done much to alleviate stress for states and parents going into the new year. CHIP is one of the main funding streams, along with Medicaid and state funding, for Washingt

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