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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


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Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - WI: Youth

In Wisconsin, according to a new report, the gap between students and teachers of color rose from about 19 percentage points in 2009 to 25 points in 2019. (Adobe Stock)

ARCADIA, Wis. -- Wisconsin's public school student population has become more racially diverse, but its teacher workforce still is mostly White. That's according to a new report from an independent research group. The Wisconsin Policy Forum said between 2009 and 2019, the number K-12 students of c

In addition to Monday's school board vote, the Madison City Council is expected to formally endorse a decision to no longer have city police officers patrol school buildings. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- One of Wisconsin's largest school districts has decided to stop having police officers stationed inside its school buildings. The action taken by the Madison district comes as the nation reckons with how law enforcement should be structured and utilized. On Monday, the Madison Sch

The Federal Communications Commission says roughly a half-million Wisconsin residents lack access to high-speed internet. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. - Like other states, Wisconsin is trying to function during the pandemic with workers and students connecting online in their homes. But there are fears that a lack of broadband access will leave rural residents behind. According to the tracking firm BroadbandNow, Wisconsin has consi

Fewer Wisconsin teens are smoking cigarettes than just five years ago, but the number who vape climbed from 7.9% in 2014 to more than 20% in 2018. (gsu.edu)

MADISON, Wis. – The latest push to discourage teen smoking has reached Wisconsin as lawmakers consider a bill that would raise the tobacco buying age from 18 to 21. Nearly 20 states have already adopted similar measures. The Wisconsin plan to boost the buying age received a committee heari

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos kicked off her 2019 Back-to-School Tour at St. Marcus Lutheran School, which serves 900 students. The administration touts the school as home of the first-ever education freedom program. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. — During Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' recent visit to a Milwaukee voucher school, public-school supporters showed up to protest her plans to expand similar programs nationally. DeVos kicked off her back-to-school tour hoping to drum up support for so-called Education Freedo

The American Heart Association and others are confirming that, yes, we learn better and think more clearly after a good night's sleep. (Adobe Stock)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – With school back in session, doctors are saying, “Well, your mom is right – time to turn the phone off and get to bed,” because you really do need a good night's sleep. Dr. Simone Fearon, a cardiologist with ThedaCare Cardiovascular Care, points to inform

A shortage of substitute teachers is one of the biggest challenges facing Wisconsin school districts in the 2019-2020 term.  (StockSnap)

MADISON, Wis. – Just days into the new school year, many Wisconsin districts are already dealing with a serious shortage of substitute teachers. It's one symptom of schools at a tipping point, with fewer people entering and staying in the teaching profession – says Christina Brey, publ

According to Prevent Suicide Wisconsin, there are almost always warning signs of suicide, but people are often unaware of their significance or unsure about what to do. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – Suicide occurs among all groups of people – and Wisconsin has seen a steady increase in its suicide rate in the last two decades, up 25 percent since 1999. For this year's Suicide Prevention Week, which runs through tomorrow, suicide prevention specialists are highlight

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