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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - MI: Youth

Millennial and Generation Z voters are expected to make up 59% of Michigan's electorate by 2036. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's shift from blue to red in the 2016 presidential election could be an outlier, according to new research. The 'States of Change' report examines the ways generational changes could shape the next five presidential elections, from an aging eligible voter population to a mo

Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition and poor decoding abilities. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- It's estimated that at least 108,000 Michigan children have dyslexia, and there's a new effort to help these students learn how to "crack the code" and become proficient readers. Four bills have been introduced in the Michigan Senate to better prepare teachers to understand the c

Sex education covers healthy relationships, body autonomy, consent, hygiene and elements of social/emotional learning. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Virtual learning could prove to be a benefit for teaching Michigan kids about sexual health. The Michigan Department of Education worked this summer on a series of sex-education webinars for educators. Brittany Batell, program and engagement manager for the Michigan Organization

School support staff are sometimes not granted the same workplace protections as other educators. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- As Michigan celebrates the American worker over the Labor Day weekend, some of those who support K-12 learning say their contributions are being taken for granted. There are thousands of paraprofessionals, food-service workers, school nurses and secretaries throughout Michigan, a

Some Michigan students lack the technology needed at home for distance learning. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's new MI Safe Schools Roadmap is providing a clearer picture of what districts can expect in the fall, but Michigan educators still are facing a good deal of uncertainty. As a middle-school teacher in Crawford County, Craig Hofman sees funding as a major con

The use of e-cigarettes jumped 78% nationally among high school students from 2017 to 2018.(AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. - A package of tobacco regulation bills is headed to the Michigan House, and some health organizations are concerned that it doesn't go far enough to protect kids. Senate Bills 781 and 786 passed the Senate on Wednesday, and include new regulations on the sale of e-cigarettes. Andre

About 2,000 children are adopted in Michigan each year. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – November is National Adoption Month, and courts around Michigan are celebrating people who open their hearts and homes to children in need of a "forever family." Ceremonies finalizing adoptions are being held throughout the month in more than 30 courts in the state to build

Unaccompanied youths are vulnerable to physical victimization, sexual exploitation and untreated mental health issues. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. — Growing up in homelessness is tough for any child, and thousands of kids in Michigan are navigating the streets without the care of a parent or guardian. There are more than 4,800 "unaccompanied youth" in Michigan's K-12 schools. And a new report said they are vulnerable to

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