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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


Climate change is on the radar for rural voters in Iowa. Plus, the Senate impeachment rules.

2020Talks - January 21, 2020 


Candidates attended the Iowa Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, and answered tough questions about their records on race. It was MLK Day, and earlier many were in South Carolina marching together to the State Capitol.

Public News Service - CT: Livable Wages/Working Families

Connecticut legislators must close a $3 billion budget deficit over the next two fiscal years. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – New revenue will be vital to Connecticut's long-term economic health, that's according to a new report by children's advocates. Last year, legislators relied entirely on cuts totaling some $850 million to balance the state budget. But Derek Thomas, a fiscal policy fellow a

TANF core activities include job programs. (Flazingo Photos/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new study shows that Connecticut uses only 30 percent of its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for basic assistance, work programs and child care. A policy brief, prepared by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, shows that on average states spend

An estimated 60 percent to 70 percent of low-wage immigrant workers experience wage theft. (torbakhopper/Flickr)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A New Haven grocery store has been ordered to pay more than 175-thousand dollars for retaliating against workers. Two years ago, the owner of Gourmet Heaven was arrested for stealing a quarter-million dollars in wages from two dozen workers who had worked 72-hour weeks for as litt

Child care and housing make up almost half of the household survival budget for a family of four in Connecticut. (USMC/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – More than a quarter of Connecticut households have jobs but still have trouble making ends meet, according to an updated report from United Way. Meet ALICE, a term that applies to more than 350,000 households in Connecticut. It stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained

The share of private-sector jobs in low-wage industries has increased by 20 percent in Connecticut since 2001. (Jan McLaughlin /Flickr)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Economic inequality is growing in Connecticut, and a new report says that's putting a huge burden on low-wage workers and minority families. The report from Connecticut Voices for Children documented a long-term shift in jobs and wages in the state. According to report co-author

Many people with developmental disabilities have spent their entire lives in the same group home, so changes proposed by the state are bound to be challenging. (NCVO London/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) says privatizing group homes for people with developmental disabilities will save millions of dollars - but will residents of these homes pay a price? DDS announced on Tuesday that it plans to privatize 30 group home

School lunch program enrollment may not accurately reflect family income. (USDA/flickr.com)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Counting how many children come from low-income families is one factor in distributing funds to schools. To do that count, the state has relied on the number of children who qualify for free or reduced price school lunches. But the introduction of the federal Community E

The Summer Food Service Program is open to all children 18 and younger. (Amanda Mills, USCDCP/public-domain-image.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The end of the school year doesn't mean low-income children need to go hungry. Thousands of children in Connecticut rely on free and reduced-price meals at school for a big part of their daily nutrition. But many families don't realize that federally-funded meals for children are a

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