PNS Daily Newscast - June 19, 2018 

Four First Ladies take issue with separating kids from families at border. Also on the rundown: Nebraska struggles to deliver summer meals and there are thriving rural counties in the USA.

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Public News Service - NY: Children's Issues

Senator Hillary Clinton and her Republican colleagues may not always play well together, but they're teaming up to support family playtime for young kids. The New York senator is co-sponsoring the Republican-led Education Begins at Home Act, which would provide $500 million in federal funding to h

For the first time since their son's death last week, the parents of a Schenectady boy with mental disabilities are speaking publicly. They will hold a press conference today to speak out against state officials who refused to hand over records, which they allege detail recurring instances of abuse

Congress got Valentines today sealed with a kiss from New York's children's hospitals worried about funding shortfalls for S-CHIP, the program for the country's uninsured children that is up for congressional renewal this year. In New York, 500-thousand children need health insurance. Cynthia Sparer

A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts says New York has lost more than half a billion dollars in federal foster care funding. Jim Purcell, executive director of the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies, says it amounts to the federal government "skipping out" on the bill -- in part, be

Governor Spitzer's promise to provide health insurance for all New York children is contingent on federal legislation called S-CHIP or the "State Children Health Insurance Program." S-CHIP comes up for renewal this year, and policy analyst Danielle Holahan of the United Hospital Fund says if fundin

Electric shocks, noxious sprays, and forced confinement without food were reportedly banned yesterday by the New York State Board of Regents for use against children with disabilities in residential treatment programs. But critics of the ruling say loopholes make the ban meaningless. Beth Haroule

The "No Child Left Behind Act" turns five today, and the anniversary finds tens of thousands of New York school children taking a test they may not be ready for. Maria Neira with New York State United Teachers say the act will require 60,000 newly arrived immigrant school children to take a test tha

New York, NY - A new study from Quality Education Data (QED) finds that many New York teachers are year-round Santas for students, spending an average of $475 of their own money to augment classroom supplies and curriculum. The report comes after a court ruling that New York state needs to stop bein

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