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PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 


President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

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Public News Service - AZ: Children's Issues

Read On Arizona has a 10-year goal of having all Arizona third-graders reading at a proficient level for their age. (KayP/Twenty20)

TEMPE, Ariz. – Education experts say when preschoolers can't read at an age-appropriate level, it can hamper their long-term success in the classroom. The program "Read On Arizona" aims to make sure every child in Arizona schools reads at the proper level by the time they finish third grade.

New research shows young children who spend time interacting with a parent or grandparent develop better life skills that those who just watch TV or digital devices. (ChrystalMarieSing/Twenty20)

PHOENIX — Child-development experts say allowing your toddler or preschooler too much time in front of the TV or digital devices can delay their development of critical life skills. Recent research published in the Pediatrics Journal of the American Medical Association recommended children 2

An eye examination from a pediatric ophthalmologist is a first step for parents of young children to determine any vision deficits. (NationalEyeInstitute/NIH)

PHOENIX – The ability to see clearly is critical for young children, particularly when they're learning to read. The nonprofit Eyes on Learning Vision Coalition aims to have all preschool-age children in Arizona screened for vision problems and for those needing it, to receive an eye exam an

A new study shows young people who age out of foster care often still need help and support as they make major life choices. (Sandhaya/Freestock)

PHOENIX - A study out this week looks at challenges faced by foster children in Arizona and across the country, when they turn 18 and "age out" of the system. The Annie E. Casey Foundation data found that overall, young people transitioning from foster care are falling behind others in completing h

The majority of Arizona households making less than $20,000 a year spend more than half their earnings on rent. (Flickr)

PHOENIX – Poverty in Arizona has declined slightly, but the rate of residents living in poverty in the state is still among the highest nationwide, according to a report just released. The Arizona Poverty Snapshot from Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition and the Coalition on Human Needs fi

Arizona policymakers are taking advantage of data to better serve the state's children. (1laura/Twenty20)

PHOENIX – To improve education and literacy in Arizona, it's important to first understand challenges different communities face. So policymakers in the state have been turning to a growing online database and map tool for guidance. MapLIT has been around since 2015 and is set to expand to

An estimated 50,000 teachers marched to the Arizona Capitol last spring to demand more public education funding. (Arizona Education Association/Flickr)

PHOENIX — Teachers nationwide are wearing red today in support of public education. Here in Arizona, educators are vowing to continue to fight for better schools in the state, despite an education funding initiative that was blocked from ballots. The state Supreme Court last week removed an

Pediatric optometrists say an eye exam and a pair of glasses can make a dramatic difference in a child's academic performance. (Sir Leto/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Many Arizona kids are heading back to school this month, and doctors say when they return to the classroom it's important to make sure they can see well. About 80 percent of what a child learns at school happens visually. When children have undetected vision problems, said Dr. Amy D

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