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PNS Daily Newscast - May 24, 2019 


President Trump's reported to be ready to sign disaster relief bill without money for border security. Also on the Friday rundown: House bills would give millions a path to citizenship; and remembering California’s second-deadliest disaster.

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Public News Service - NE: Youth

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

In 2017, 546 Nebraska children were adopted from foster care. The average length of time spent in foster care before adoption was just over 31 months. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Officials from child welfare agencies in Nebraska and across the country are headed to Washington this month to exchange hard-won lessons for helping children and families navigate foster care, adoption and child abuse prevention. They'll also meet with lawmakers to highlight

More than half of suicides within juvenile facilities occur while the young person is in solitary confinement. (Ryan Melaugh/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska lawmakers hold a public hearing Thursday for a bill that would limit the use of juvenile solitary confinement in facilities holding young people. According to an Inspector General report, last year more than 500 Nebraska youths ages 11 to 18 were held in solitary 2,6

Adoption experts warn against posting personal information on social media in order to connect with family matches made through DNA tests, to avoid the risk of identity theft. (Nogas1974/Wikimedia Commons)

OMAHA, Neb. - DNA tests that promise to fill in missing branches of a person's family tree also could open up a Pandora's box of family secrets. Kim Schenkelberg, a post-adoption specialist for the Nebraska Children's Home Society, said it isn't uncommon for people who were adopted, for example, to

Actor Mark Wahlberg and Director Sean Anders on the set of

OMAHA, Neb. – "Instant Family," a new film starring Mark Wahlberg screening Thursday night in Omaha, helps kick off National Adoption Month by spotlighting the ups and downs of creating a new family through adoption. The movie is based on real events from the life of writer-director Sean And

After 36 youths escaped from a detention center in Kearney in 2016, just 17 runaways were reported in 2017. So far in 2018, just four people have left the treatment center without permission. (Pxhere)

KEARNEY, Neb. – Momentum is building to install a $2 million fence around a youth detention center in Kearney, but children's advocates are pushing back. Juliet Summers, policy coordinator with Voices for Children in Nebraska, says the state has made a commitment to give young people every o

Some rural Nebraska school districts don't have easy access to supportive services that can help students struggling with mental illness. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN Neb. – Nebraska lawmakers will discuss legislation Friday that backers say could help students struggling with behavioral and mental health challenges. Legislative Bill 998 would create a Collaborative School Behavioral and Mental Health Fund, and provide each of the state's 19 Educati

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