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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 


The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also on the Thursday rundown: New York sues the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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People are encouraged to leave nonperishable foods next to their mailbox this coming Saturday. (USPS)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Mark your calendar and start putting aside nonperishable food items. This Saturday, U.S. postal workers will be making the rounds, collecting food donations for needy families. The 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger event, held on the second Saturday in May, will take place in 10,000 cit

Wyoming students would benefit from stronger physical-education requirements, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Students across the nation would benefit from stronger physical-education requirements, but most states are dropping the ball on keeping kids active, according to a new report from Voices for Healthy Kids. Dr. Stephen Daniels, an American Academy of Pediatrics fellow, said PE progr

Wyoming took home the Junior Duck Stamp Program's top prize for the first time last year with Andrew Kneeland's portrait of a pair of wood ducks. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - Junior Duck Stamp season is heating up with the March 15 deadline just around the corner, and all eyes are on Wyoming to see if one of its young people can bring home the national prize for a second year in a row. Katie Theule, state contest coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildl

The Wyoming House will consider a bill that could help patients avoid expensive nursing homes by offering more training to their family caregivers. (Victor 69/iStockphoto)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The state Legislature's House Health Labor and Social Services Committee advanced a bill Monday night that could help patients avoid expensive nursing homes by giving their family caregivers some basic support. Tim Lockwood, associate state director for communications and advocacy

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposal to limit gas waste at well sites Thursday in Casper. (Think4photop/iStockphoto)

CASPER, Wy. - Wyoming is considering new rules for how much methane, the principal component of natural gas, companies are allowed to vent or burn at well sites. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing in Casper on Thursday. Hollis Hackman, area director of the W

Students spend the equivalent of two-thirds of a school year, on average, playing with devices instead of paying attention to professors, according to a new report. (iStock)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - College students spend more class time than ever playing with their smartphones and other digital devices, according to a new University of Nebraska report. The study, which surveyed 675 students in 26 states, found on average students check their phones during class more than 11 t

A new report criticizes Wyoming's policy for solitary confinement of juveniles. markrhiggins/iStock

CHEYENNE, Wy. - Wyoming is one of 10 states that allows indefinite solitary confinement for children in the juvenile-justice system, according to a new report from the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest. Researchers with the pro-bono arm of the law firm Lowenstein and Sandler also found Wyo

The U.S. Senate is set to vote today on a bill to replace the education policy known as No Child Left Behind. (iStockphoto/Shironosov)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a bipartisan education reform bill today that would replace the policy known as "No Child Left Behind" and return much of the control of education policy to the states. The House overwhelmingly passed its version of the Every Student Succeeds A

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