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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 6, 2020 


This year's July 4th had COVID-19, ongoing protests about systemic racism, and a presidential visit to Mt. Rushmore. Plus, Trump signed an order to plan a new statue park.

Public News Service - IL: Children's

Infant mortality among Black infants in Illinois is two times the overall state rate. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Dual reports featuring new data on child outcomes reveal persistent health inequalities among children in Illinois. The 2020 Illinois KIDS COUNT report, released in conjunction with the national 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that roughly 3

Research shows that automatic transfer laws disproportionately impact youth of color. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- New research suggests that, if given time for proper review, Illinois could greatly reduce the number of juvenile cases that are sent to adult court and, in turn, give youth in trouble a better shot at redemption. In 2015, the legislature limited the automatic transfer of case

Summer meal sites help fill the gap for children in need of food when school isn't in session, and the pandemic won't change that this summer in Illinois. (Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As the school year comes to a close in Illinois, the Summer Food Service Program is gearing up to ensure children don't go hungry - while meeting the guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The annual program provides free meals and snacks to kids age 18 and younger a

Illinois was the first state to expand Medicaid health-care coverage to undocumented children. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A strong health care infrastructure is crucial during times like these, but not all children in Illinois have equal access to health care coverage. A new report by UnidosUS and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows the uninsured rate for Latino child

A lack of child care can destabilize employment, finances and overall family well-being. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Worried, overwhelmed, stuck -- that's how some Illinois moms describe the challenges they face trying to find child care. A research report released Wednesday by Illinois Action for Children captures the experiences of families in Cook County who have some of the hardest-to-me

Experts recommend that children have an established

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's "Give Kids a Smile Day," when dozens of dentists provide free teeth cleaning and oral health screenings to youngsters throughout Illinois. Dental disease is the most common chronic childhood illness, and one in five Illinois third-graders has untreated tooth decay. Preside

TV anchor kits cost as little as $5, and can prevent serious injury. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With millions of Americans expected to tune into the Super Bowl this Sunday, safety experts have important advice for TV owners to help ensure any rumbling and tumbling stays on the field. If not anchored correctly, a TV can fall with a force of thousands of pounds, possibly i

A global study confirms that the United States has the highest child-incarceration rate in the world. (Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO - As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, local leaders and experts in Illinois are pausing to examine human rights in the juvenile justice system. The first-ever "Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty", being released for

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