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PNS Daily Newscast - July 20, 2018.  


Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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Public News Service - AZ: Education

Ironwood Tree Experience's American Experience program takes Arizona teens hiking and backpacking through iconic western landscapes. (Flickr)

TUCSON, Ariz. — What's the best way to ensure a future with healthy, sustainable communities? For one Arizona nonprofit, the answer was obvious: train young people to take care of the environment. Nine Arizona teenagers recently returned from a two-week trip through Arizona and southern Colo

Arizona is just one of several states where teachers have walked out this spring, taking inspiration from a successful teacher strike in West Virginia. (Katherine Davis-Young/PNS)

PHOENIX – Educators and community members who led the Red-for-Ed walkouts in Arizona this spring now are hoping to take their fight to November ballots. The Invest-in-Ed campaign proposes to boost funding for Arizona schools through an increased state income tax on the wealthiest Arizonans.

In a recent vote, nearly 80 percent of Arizona teachers said they wanted to strike rather than accept Gov. Doug Ducey's proposed plan to boost salaries. (Katherine Davis-Young/Public News Service)

PHOENIX, Ariz – Public school teachers across Arizona plan to walk out of their classrooms Thursday to demand higher wages and better funding for schools. The latest economic research suggests teachers have valid reasons to feel left behind. Arizona teachers make just 63 cents on the dollar

Low pay leads to staff retention problems. Nearly three-quarters of Arizona schools have teacher shortages, according to Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. (Andy Blackledge/Flickr)

PHOENIX - They're calling them "walk-ins," as Arizona teachers across the state protest today to demand higher pay. About 1,000 public schools are expected to participate. Teachers, along with staff, parents and community members, have said they'll march arm-in-arm into schools before the start of

A new report recommends encouraging teens in foster care to achieve milestones such as getting a job and learning to drive. (Darnok/Morguefile)

PHOENIX — A new report says teenagers in foster care need as much normalcy and stability as possible - because their brains are still developing into their twenties. Researchers from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative looked at the science and found that adolescents' brains are stil

An extra 40 minutes a day spent outdoors can made a difference in reducing a child’s risk of becoming nearsighted. (US Fis & Wildlife Service/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Telling little ones to "go play outside" isn't just good for a parent's sanity – time spent in the daylight is also beneficial for children's sight. About 5 percent of school age children in the U.S. have myopia, or nearsightedness, a condition the World Health Organization s

Despite the recovery, Arizona school budgets are still 19 percent below pre-Recession levels. (Melpomenem/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – The Arizona education budget is $1.1 billion lower than before the Recession - and new policy brief says Gov. Doug Ducey's plan to raise revenues by growing the economy simply won't suffice. Arizona has cut taxes year after year - and then slashed school budgets to the bone during th

Financial barriers can prevent parents from scheduling a follow-up eye exam after a vision screening detects a problem with their child's eyesight. (Joe Whited/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Eyes are windows for learning, and when children can't see well, their education can suffer. Benita Loy, health services coordinator for the Washington Elementary School District, says the earlier a sight problem is detected, the better. But only about 27 percent of Arizona child

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