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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2018 


The list of accusers against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continues to swell. Also on the Tuesday rundown: Hurricane Florence SNAPs North Carolina to attention on the importance of food benefits; plus a new report says young parents need better supports.

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Public News Service - IA: Children's Issues

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Survivors of February's deadly school shooting in Florida took their message for stricter gun-control measures to a conservative corner of Iowa this week, on a bus tour through the Midwest. During tour stops in Omaha and Sioux City, speakers shared how the shooting at Ma

Immigrants, most of them from Mexico, make up 5 percent of Iowa's population. (portside.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) will host three meetings this week to inform residents how to counter the state's new anti-sanctuary law that takes effect July 1. Under the law, a city or county government would lose state funding if it failed to enforce fe

Reading proficiency for Iowa students in kindergarten through third grade improved from 63.4 percent in 2017 to 67.6 percent in 2018. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – An "early warning system" that monitors how well Iowa kids are learning to read in kindergarten through third grade is proving successful, according to the Iowa Reading Research Center. Director Deborah Reed says teachers assess reading skills three times a year, so they c

More than 90 percent of U.S. high school students don't get enough exercise to stay fit and healthy, according to a 2016 Journal of Pediatrics study. (pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The American Heart Association recommends 60 minutes of daily physical activity for school-aged children. But most Iowa kids aren't meeting that goal. That one hour of activity is known to help keep weight off and improve kids' mental and emotional health - which in turn c

A new study shows children think scientists are both men and women until they start first grade, and begin to associate science with males. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Think of a scientist: if you were asked to draw that scientist in the 1960s, you almost certainly drew a male - but a new study shows today's children depict female scientists more often than ever before. In 1966, women earned about 20 percent of chemistry bachelor degrees

Around 48,000 Iowans are living with developmental disabilities. (mhmrcv.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 50 million Americans are living with developmental disabilities, but many are also highly functioning individuals actively participating in their communities. Lane Till, a spokeswoman for the Iowans With Disabilities and Action Project, said this year's campaign

Iowa's small towns have fewer children as the U.S. population continues to gray. (visitiowa.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A study to determine why some small towns in Iowa wither and others thrive is under way at Iowa State University. For more than 30 years, most small Midwest communities have experienced shrinking populations, an exodus of younger people, job losses and fewer community serv

Core benefits of hawk-i include checkups, immunizations, dental care and eyeglasses. (Semevent/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A federal program that funds health coverage for more than 83,000 Iowa children will run out of money at the end of the month, but there's reason to be hopeful. Earlier this week, the Senate Finance Committee reached agreement on a plan to protect the Children's Health Insur

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