PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Public News Service UPDATE: the Austin bomber blows himself up; also on the rundown a school resource officer credited with saving lives; the North Carolina GOP Silent on an apparent Cambridge Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - NE: Education

Some rural Nebraska school districts don't have easy access to supportive services that can help students struggling with mental illness. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN Neb. – Nebraska lawmakers will discuss legislation Friday that backers say could help students struggling with behavioral and mental health challenges. Legislative Bill 998 would create a Collaborative School Behavioral and Mental Health Fund, and provide each of the state's 19 Educati

For some kids, a school breakfast is their only opportunity to have a complete, nutritious meal. (USDA)

LINCOLN, Neb. - The most important meal of the day is being celebrated at schools across Nebraska during this National School Breakfast Week. Each day, more than 76,000 students in the state get a healthy, nutritious meal before they start their day through the federal School Breakfast Program. Acc

Agricultural landowners in Nebraska saw annual property tax hikes of nearly 11 percent between 2005 and 2014. (Hernan Vargas/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – With the state unicameral legislature out of session until 2018, policy advocates are using the downtime to drum up conversations about imbalances in the state's tax system, particularly agricultural property taxes. Jordan Rasmussen, a policy associate with the Center for Rur

More than 450 Nebraska schools source fresh food from local growers and producers through Farm to School programs. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

LINCOLN, Neb. – New legislation would boost a program that connects more than 188,000 Nebraska students to local farmers. The Farm to School Act of 2017, introduced by Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, would expand the existing U.S. Depart

The share of total property tax paid on agricultural land in Nebraska increased from more than 18 percent in 2005 to nearly 30 percent in 2014. (Bradly Gordon/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Calls for property tax relief have dominated budget talks in Nebraska this year, and a new report examines how the tax burden has shifted more heavily onto agricultural property. According to research from the Center for Rural Affairs, from 2005 to 2014, property tax collections a

Will Nebraska school children pay the price in the state's budget negotiations? (kakisky/Morguefile)

This is the fifth in a series of reports that examines Nebraska’s budget priorities: who stands to benefit and who could lose out? LINCOLN, Neb. – Schools and educators in Nebraska are troubled by tax cut talk as budget negotiations continue at the state house. Over the past several y

Critics contend a freeze on child care subsidies in Nebraska would hinder the future academic success of vulnerable children. (Pixabay)

This is the third in a series of reports that examines Nebraska’s budget priorities: who stands to benefit and who could lose out? Note: From time to time we are able to provide Spanish versions of our stories, sent separately. This is one of those stories. Please advise if you would like to

La campaña de los opositores para congelar los subsidios a la atención infantil en Nebraska dificultaría el éxito académico de los niños vulnerables. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Los defensores de los niños dicen que tapar el vacío presupuestal de Nebraska no debiera hacerse en perjuicio de los niños y las familias de bajos ingresos. Siguiendo con nuestra serie acerca del presupuesto estatal, este lunes revisamos un nuevo plan que busca c

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