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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - CA: Early Childhood Education

The Head Start preschool program is one of many programs that is federally funded and thus, is heavily dependent on an accurate census count. (Anita Peppers/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If we want to make sure kids count in policy making, we need to count kids effectively in the 2020 Census, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Billions of dollars in federal grants support programs such as Head Start preschool,

One bright spot in a new report: 97 percent of California children have health insurance. (Nesstor4u/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Almost two-thirds of babies in the Golden State are born to low-income families, according to a new report, which makes them less likely to have access to high-quality education and health care. The nonprofit group Children Now just released its 2018 California Children'

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget includes more than $26 million for home visits by health-care workers. (Children's Action Alliance)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown's new $131.7 billion budget is earning praise from children's advocates because of the investments it makes in supporting health and combating poverty. The budget includes $26.7 million for a voluntary pilot program to send community health workers to visit s

Dressed as Uncle Sam, Andrew Tonkovich, a lecturer in writing, poses with schoolchildren and Mayor Bao Nguyen of Garden Grove at a Prop 55 event at UC-Irvine on Monday. (Fred Glass/California Federation of Teachers)

IRVINE, Calif. – The campaign to pass Proposition 55 is taking a stand on campuses across California this week, with rallies yesterday at UC Irvine and Back Bay High School in Costa Mesa, and two more planned for Santa Cruz on Wednesday and Riverside on Thursday. Proposition 55 would maintai

Children's advocates are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill they say would improve school accountability and close income-based achievement gaps in California. (shironosov/iStockphoto)

OAKLAND, Calif. – This week, more than 300 children's advocacy groups signed a public letter urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2548. The bill directs the state to adopt what the groups believe is a better grading system for schools, that focuses on closing the achievement gap b

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments today on a high profile immigration case, amid rallies in D.C., L.A., and across the country. (kconnors/morguefile)

LOS ANGELES - California immigration rights groups are rallying in Los Angeles and in Washington D.C. today as the Supreme Court considers a highly controversial immigration case. The case involves the constitutionality of President Obama's "DAPA" program, which allows undocumented parents of U.S.

A signature drive begins today to qualify a ballot measure that would extend Proposition 30, which raised income taxes on the wealthy to fund education. (melpomenem/iStockphotos)
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LOS ANGELES - Teams are hitting the streets today gathering signatures for a ballot measure this fall that would extend part of Proposition 30, which raised income taxes on the wealthy and raised the sales tax by a quarter of a percent, then funneled the money to public education. The sales tax e

A new report says states can improve foster care by increasing foster parents' flexibility to help the kids in their care. (cherylholt/morguefile)

SAN DIEGO - Children in foster care need to have the same kinds of life experiences as other kids to increase their sense of success and belonging. That's one conclusion of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Its new report is designed to help state

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