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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2018. 


Californian’s now facing a pair of wildfires; Also on the Tuesday rundown: Higher education in New Jersey: a racial split; plus food resources still available despite the “public charge” proposal.

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Public News Service - CA: Children's Issues

Climate groups around California rallied last week in support of the lawsuit brought by children blaming the federal government for carbon in the atmosphere from oil and gas wells on public lands. (Bill Wellhouse)

SAN FRANCISCO — The trial is back on in the lawsuit brought by a group of 21 young people who are suing the federal government over global warming - after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a request from the administration to block it. Attorneys for the youths argue that the federal gover

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,

Statistics show that children of color are much more likely to be referred for prosecution compared with their white peers. (Youth Justice Coalition)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Juvenile-justice groups are planning to pack a public hearing today in Sacramento - to support a bill that would ban criminal prosecution of children under 12 unless they're charged with murder or rape. Senate Bill 439 will be considered by the Assembly Public Safety Com

There are about 60,000 children in California's foster-care system. A new program would establish an emergency foster care hotline. (WallyIR/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento, CA - A California State Assembly subcommittee voted Thursday to include in its budget a proposal to create a statewide hotline to help foster parents and children. Comments by Susanna Kniffen (NIFF-en), senior director of child welfare policy at the nonprofit C

Statistics show that county juvenile facilities in California are only at 40 percent capacity, and that drop in population has coincided with falling crime rates. (L.A. Youth Justice Coalition)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new report says the current juvenile probation system just doesn't work - and should be revamped to focus on helping kids rather than punishing them and making them comply with complex rules. The study explored ways of effectively modernizing probation for young people

Peeling lead paint from homes built before 1978 is the primary source of lead poisoning in California, but lead also is found in some makeup from Afghanistan, turmeric from India and pottery from Mexico. (Bournedead/Morguefile)

OAKLAND, Calif. — The issue of childhood lead poisoning is getting fresh attention after the recent release of an investigative series by KALW Radio in San Francisco. Reuters data shows about 2 percent of California's children have high rates of lead in their blood - consistent with the nati

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

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