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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - CT: Poverty Issues

Medicaid covers 70 percent of nursing home residents in Connecticut. (agilemktg1/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Medicaid plays an important role in Connecticut's economy, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The policy brief points out that HUSKY, Connecticut's Medicaid program, provides health insurance to 1 in 5 state residents,

The program delivers prescription medications directly to participants through the mail. (bluebudgie/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Low-income people who are HIV positive can now get their medications delivered to their door free of charge. The Community Renewal Team, based in Hartford, has joined with a pharmacy to launch a new program that can help those who may have trouble getting to the drugstore t

For foster children, every change in placement is a major upheaval. (MorningbirdPhoto/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Young people met with state legislators in Hartford on Tuesday to push for reforms that could help children in foster care. For children, every move to a new foster home or group facility is a major upheaval, requiring adjustments to new rules, new routines and new expectat

The annual

HARTFORD, Conn. – Sustained temperatures well below freezing can be life-threatening to Connecticut's homeless population, but warming centers are open. When temperatures are this low, anyone who has no heat or shelter is in trouble. Even for those who have a home, a broken furnace, a burst

A permanent connection with a caring adult is important for a young person's development. (Free-Photos/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Positive interactions with the child-welfare system can be particularly critical for adolescents, according to a recent report. Discussions of foster care and interventions by social services often focus on younger children. But the report from the Jim Casey Youth Opportuni

In the first year, Connecticut's wealthiest 5 percent would get more than half of the total tax cuts. (geralt/Pixabay)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A new analysis of the Republican tax plan in the House of Representatives shows Connecticut's wealthiest would benefit the most, while low and middle-income earners would be harmed. The analysis, prepared by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, shows

Student achievement gaps between rich and poor school districts in Connecticut are among the largest in the nation. (markusspiske/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A lawsuit challenging Connecticut's public education funding system goes before the state Supreme Court Thursday. The suit originally was filed in 2005, and a year ago a trial court judge ordered the state to submit proposals to overhaul the system of education aid to citie

Almost 13 percent of Connecticut children live in poverty. (ikon/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – More than 95,000 Connecticut children still live in poverty, and advocates fear threatened state and federal budget cuts could make things worse. Childhood poverty is down slightly in Connecticut and nationwide. Still, almost 13 percent of the state's children live below th

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