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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - NE: Youth

In Nebraska, 57,946 students participated in the School Breakfast program in the 2018-19 school year, down about 900 from the previous year. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska ranked 48th nationally for getting students from low-income families the fuel they need to start the school day ready to learn. Crystal Fitzsimons, director of school programs for the Food Research and Action Center, the group behind the annual School Breakfast Scorecard,

A recent study of elementary and middle schools found decreasing high caloric beverages such as soda and juice, and increasing water consumption, promoted child health and decreased childhood obesity. (GSquare/Pixabay)

LYONS, Neb. – Children spend a significant portion of their days in school for most of the calendar year, and public health advocates are concerned that too many are not drinking enough water, which can lead to a host of negative issues. Jordan Rasmussen, policy manager for the Center for Ru

A recent study by the Food and Drug Administration found that a quarter of all high school students used e-cigarettes in 2019, up five percentage points from last year. (Vaping 360/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – In the wake of recent reports of fatal lung illness connected with the use of e-cigarettes, including a Douglas County resident in September, new research seems to confirm concerns about the health impacts of vaping. A study by Boston University researchers found that e-cigar

During 2018's Small Business Saturday, 140 million shoppers spent more than $17 billion at local businesses. (Pixabay)

LYONS, Neb. – The holiday season is just around the corner, and small businesses across Nebraska are stocking up and making the case that shopping locally pays important dividends for communities. Anna Pratt, Women's Business Center director at the Center for Rural Affairs, says small busine

Studies show that unaddressed bullying can lead affected students to have poorer academic performance, miss or drop out of school, turn to alcohol or other drugs, and even attempt suicide. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. — October is national Bullying Prevention Month, and a new ACLU Nebraska report shows the problem continues to impact too many of the state's students. Rose Godinez, legal and policy counsel with the group, pointed to one middle school student, named Margaret in the report, who

Scientists warn that a warming planet will lead to less productive soil, restricting what can be grown and reducing the soil's ability to absorb carbon. (Nicepik)

LINCOLN, Neb. - Inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden and record-breaking spring floods, Nebraska students are joining a global climate strike this Friday, with events scheduled in Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha. Brittni McGuire with Nebraska Climate Strike is organizing a m

People with full-time jobs are encouraged to participate in the state's foster care system, where training and ongoing support is available. (USDOD)

OMAHA, Neb. – May is National Foster Care Month, and the Nebraska Children's Home Society is working to bring more potential families into the state's foster care system by removing barriers to participation. This year's theme is "Foster Care as a support for families, not a substitute for p

Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that would give companies and individuals a big incentive to contribute to organizations that fund private-school scholarships. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – A proposal making its way through the Nebraska Legislature would provide dollar for dollar tax credits to corporations and individuals who contribute to scholarship funds for private schools. But Ann Hunter-Pirtle, executive director of the public schools advocacy group Stand

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