PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 

GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - WY: Youth Issues

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

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

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A campaign to end distracted driving has launched in Wyoming, targeting teens in classrooms and other settings this month. Keeping kids safe on the road has changed as technology has become a distraction. Texting while driving boosts the risk of a crash by a factor of 23, said Scot

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and AARP Wyoming says the safety messages aren't just for drivers in the younger generation. Credit:

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and messages about distracted driving are not just intended for kids. With changes in car and truck technologies, as well as the rules of road, AARP Wyoming recognizes that hazards can exist for drivers beyond a cellphone. Jackie Martin


CASPER, Wyo. – Casper continues a tradition Tuesday proclaiming Oct. 15 as Step up for Kids Day. It's the sixth year the city has set aside a day to talk about what Wyoming's children need to navigate the road to success. Jeralee Salmon, Casper community coordinator for Circles Wyoming, is o

PHOTO: McDonald's taking some heat for issuing an ideal monthly budget for its minimum-wage employees. One analysis shows Wyomingites need about $61,000 a year for a family of four to cover basic expenses. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

CASPER, Wyo. – McDonald’s is taking some heat for issuing an ideal monthly budget for its minimum-wage employees. It's a budget that makes unrealistic assumptions, according to Dan Neal, executive director of the Equality State Policy Center. It adds money for a second job and doesn'

PHOTO: There's a workshop today in Riverton to discussion the possibility of raising Wyoming's minimum wage from $5.15/hr. to $10.10/hr by 2015. Photo credit: Fotolia through Microsoft Images

RIVERTON, Wyo. – The mantra is 10-10 by 2015. The Equality State Policy Center and the Wyoming Women's Foundation are holding a workshop today in Riverton to discuss raising the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in just a couple of years. It's currently $5.15 an hour, although most emp

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