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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - FL: Youth

Children's advocates are calling for more investment in diversion programs, such as civil citations, that keep young people out of the juvenile justice system. (marcino/Pixabay)

TAMPA, Fla. – A major conference in Tampa is bringing experts together from across the country to address why kids involved in the juvenile justice system have high levels of behavioral health disorders. The 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Beha

Florida's Department of Children and Families claims the state's 19 community-based care lead agencies are surpassing federal performance standards for child-placement stability. (bandita/Flickr)

MIAMI — The goal for the thousands of children in Florida's foster care program is to find forever homes. But a new tracking system developed at the University of Miami shows the dream for many children is short-lived. Many kids don't even unpack because of the uncertainty over how long they

Common Core standards provide benchmarks for what students should learn in math and English by the end of each grade. (stevepb/Pixabay)<br />

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to give teachers a bonus of more than $9,000 in the coming year. It's his second big education announcement, after an executive order last week to eliminate Common Core standards from Florida schools. The proposed bonus is welcome news for cash-st

Head Start and the expansion of state-funded programs since the 1990s have greatly increased access to preschool, according to Florida KIDS COUNT. (FeeLoona/Pixabay)

TAMPA, Fla. – A new study shows kids who attend Pre-Kindergarten programs do better in reading, writing and math as they get older than those who weren't enrolled. The Duke University study tracked the progress of students who'd been in North Carolina's pre-school program and showed gains in

Many Panama City area residents displaced after Hurricane Michael are still living in tents. (Steve Lowe) <br />

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Today is the deadline for many displaced Panama City residents living in tents behind Forest Park Methodist Church to leave, by an order from the city. And one observer says that will leave them to fend for themselves. The city didn't allow tent camping, but made exceptio

Charter schools are public schools run by private organizations. About 1-in-10 Florida students attends a charter school. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A government watchdog group is calling Florida's growing system of privately run public charter schools "corrupt and wasteful," and wants policymakers to impose more rules on how charters spend their money. A new report from Integrity Florida, a nonprofit group seeking to

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which tracks firearms legislation, gives Florida a failing grade for its gun laws this year. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The latest mass shooting in Jacksonville is seen by some as another example of why Florida's attempt to reform its gun laws falls short. Gun-control advocates flooded social media with hashtags like #AnotherFLShooting and #GunshineState, in frustration over the latest shoot

Twenty-one percent of all meningitis cases occur in preteens, teens and young adults ages 11 to 24. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Florida kids get their back-to-school health checkups, a new statewide coalition is calling on parents and policymakers to support what it calls "science-based" immunization policies. Immunize Florida is a grassroots network of parents, health-care professionals and co

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