Michele Skalicky

Survey Of Springfield Kindergarten Teachers Finds 26.1 Percent of Kids Weren't Ready For School

New survey results in Springfield are out on kindergarten readiness. The survey, by the Mayor’s Commission for Children, is done every four years. A total of 435 surveys were completed by Springfield Public School teachers for a 93.5 percent response rate. Results showed that, in 2018, 26.1 percent of kindergartners were perceived by their teachers as not prepared to start school. Of those, 46.4 percent were from low-income families as opposed to 15.6 percent who weren’t. “These results do...

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After Felony Conviction, Iraq War Veteran Faces Deportation To Mexico

An Iraq War veteran who is not a U.S. citizen is facing deportation to Mexico over a felony conviction unless an immigration judge decides to let him stay in the United States. Edgar Baltazar Garcia, 38, is husky and bearded, and he's physically larger than the Central American men who sit glumly beside him on a bench in immigration court in South Texas. The infantryman wore combat fatigues when he manned a .50-caliber machine gun — nicknamed Lucifer — in the turret of a Humvee when he served...

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An Iraq War veteran who is not a U.S. citizen is facing deportation to Mexico over a felony conviction unless an immigration judge decides to let him stay in the United States.

Raquel Idiáquez was cooking dinner with her uncle when she noticed something was wrong. He'd been visiting her in Seattle from Managua, Nicaragua, and that evening of April 15, 2018, he kept leaving the kitchen to take an urgent call.

"I saw him getting a little nervous and going to his phone more frequently than usual," says Idiáquez, 28. "Then he just came to me. He was like, 'I gotta leave tomorrow.' "

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The federal government is expanding an investigation into malfunctioning air bags to include an additional 12.3 million vehicles with air bags that could fail to inflate in a crash.

In a rare public appearance on Tuesday, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and one of his closest advisers, said that the multiple investigations into Russian election interference have been more harmful to American democracy than the original interference itself.

A court in Hong Kong has sentenced pro-democracy demonstrators to up to 16 months in jail for their role in the 2014 protests that clogged the city's financial district for months.

Michele Skalicky

New survey results in Springfield are out on kindergarten readiness.  The survey, by the Mayor’s Commission for Children, is done every four years.  A total of 435 surveys were completed by Springfield Public School teachers for a 93.5 percent response rate.  Results showed that, in 2018, 26.1 percent of kindergartners were perceived by their teachers as not prepared to start school.

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

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Egyptian voters have approved sweeping constitutional amendments that allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in office until 2030 and further entrench the power of the military.

Voters approved the amendments by 88.83%, according to the National Election Authority, which said that 44.33% of eligible voters took part in the poll.

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