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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - AR: Health

PHOTO: With hopes of preventing or stopping child sexual abuse, Arkansas has become the 7th state in the U.S. to adopt Erin's Law. It's named after Erin Merryn, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse turned national advocate. Courtesy of Merryn.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The task force being created under Arkansas' new "Erin's Law" is expected to be assembled soon and convene for the first time this summer. State Rep. John Baine, D-El Dorado, said the panel will look at the best ways to teach children who are being sexually abused that they need

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The timing might not have been intentional, but May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month – and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started it off with a major announcement. The agency will allow a form of women's emergency contraception, Plan B One-Step, to

PHOTO: The Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas will present Dr. Karen Farst with the 2013 Senator Percy Malone Child Protection Award during ceremonies on Tuesday. CREDIT: Karen Farst

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A pediatrician who has dedicated her life to preventing child abuse and protecting children is being honored this week by the Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Executive Director Stacy Thompson said the award will go to Dr. Karen Farst for her career of service and support

PHOTO: Chris Newlin is executive director of the National Children's Advocacy Center. About 850 CACs around the U.S. handled 267,000 child abuse cases in 2012. Courtesy of National CAC.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Professionals in child abuse investigation and treatment are meeting this week in Huntsville, Alabama, including some from Arkansas. At the National Symposium on Child Abuse, they'll get the latest research on such topics as trauma-focused therapy, sex trafficking and online explo

PHOTO: Pulse oximetry is a simple, inexpensive test of a newborn's heart function  but it isn't always performed on infants in Arkansas. Courtesy of babyheartscreening.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A medical test for the state's tiniest residents is a big topic this week for an Arkansas House committee. A pulse oximeter is a simple screening device attached to a baby's hand or foot that can detect heart function problems in the first days of life. Legislation would make it

PHOTO: Gov. Mike Beebe shares his plan to cover more uninsured Arkansans with Thursday's crowd on the State Capitol steps. Photo by Anna Strong.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Hundreds of Arkansans showed up at the State Capitol on Thursday for a rally to support expanding Medicaid coverage in the state – and they may get the coverage, but in a different way. Gov. Mike Beebe's compromise with the federal government might be more palatable

PHOTO: Extreme weather is holding up the legislative debate on what Planned Parenthood calls

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas House of Representatives could vote today on a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Meanwhile, Senate action on the latest version of a 12-week abortion ban will be delayed until next week since senators recessed because of the ice-storm warning. One o

PHOTO: Many of the working poor in Arkansas have jobs in retail, food service or as maids. The Working Poor Families Project says 41 percent of the state's working families are still considered low-income. Courtesy of We Are All One World.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It isn't making headlines at the State Legislature yet, but Medicaid could be the topic most talked about behind the scenes there. Lawmakers will soon decide whether Arkansas expands its Medicaid coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act. In a state where 40 percent of workin

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