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PNS Daily Newscast - April 23, 2018 


The Waffle House shooter had an earlier weapons arrest near the White House. Also on our Monday rundown: new eviction data underscores America’s affordable-housing crisis; plus we will take you to a state where one county is putting juvenile justice under public health.

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Public News Service - NE: Civic Engagement

85,000 signatures are needed to get a measure on the November ballot that would let voters decide on Medicaid expansion. (Michael_Swan/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — After six failed legislative attempts, supporters of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska want the people to decide on the issue. The Insure the Good Life campaign is collecting signatures to put the choice to expand Medicaid before voters in November. Deputy director of the health

Suzy Campbell of the Nebraska Caregiver Coalition predicts there will be fewer family caregivers in coming years. (Nebraska Caregiver Coalition)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- November is National Caregiver Month, and Nebraskans who dedicate their time to care for a loved one are receiving special recognition today. Gov. Pete Ricketts will sign five proclamations recognizing the importance of home care, hospice and palliative care, respite care, family

Nebraska's Public Service Commission has until until Nov. 23 to decide if the Keystone XL pipeline is in the public interest. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Will the Keystone XL pipeline route run through Nebraska? That's the question still up in the air as the Nebraska Public Service Commission begins formal hearings on the proposal Monday. An estimated 830,000 barrels of crude oil would travel through the pipeline daily from Canada

Voter turnout among individuals with disabilities is typically lower than for those who do not have a disability. (justgrimes/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- People with disabilities represent nearly one-sixth of the total electorate in the United States, and during National Disability Voter Registration Week, these folks are encouraged to ensure their voices are heard. Kathy Hoell, executive director at the Nebraska Statewide Independ

Thirty of 49 Nebraska senators are needed to overturn a veto of a voting-rights bill for felons who have completed their sentences. (Nebraska Secretary of State)

LINCOLN, Neb. – About 7,000 people live, work and pay taxes in Nebraska, but aren't eligible to vote in elections. That's because under current law, people with felony convictions must wait two years after completing their sentences before their voting rights are restored. State lawmakers rec

Budget clouds on the horizon? Nebraska's long-term fiscal health could be at stake as state budget talks begin. (Carl Wycoff/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's Unicameral begins the first round of budget debates Monday, with the arduous task of addressing an estimated $900 million revenue shortfall. As a past member of the Appropriations Committee, former Sen. Danielle Conrad understands the gravity of the situation. But she s

Communities in Kansas and Oklahoma have faced many difficult choices in the years following massive tax cuts. (M. Kuhlman)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Four-day school weeks, reduced Medicaid reimbursements, cuts to programs that help home-bound seniors; those are just some of the tough choices communities in Kansas and Oklahoma have faced in the years following massive tax cuts. And their stories could be cautionary tax tales for

Opponents of mountain lion hunting in Nebraska contend the animals play a vital role in the ecosystem. (Art G./Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska state senator is taking another run at legislation to protect mountain lions. The Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on Legislative Bill 448, which would remove provisions related to the hunting of mountain lions from the Game Law. It's the fourth

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