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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24 


The ground rules seem to have been set concerning the sexual assault allegations against nominee Brett Kavenaugh. Also on the Monday rundown: we will take you to a state where more than 60 thousand kids are chronically absent; plus the rural digital divide a two-fold problem for Kentucky.

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Public News Service - NE: Health Issues

One in five fireworks-related injuries to children is caused by sparklers, which can burn at temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. (Ian Schneider)

OMAHA, Neb. - For many Nebraskans, the Fourth of July just wouldn't be complete without fireworks. Officials are encouraging residents to enjoy the tradition, but make sure to look for and prevent potential dangers. In 2017, some 13,000 people ended up in hospital emergency rooms due to fireworks-r

Proponents of Medicaid expansion say the move would bring $1.1 billion from Washington back to Nebraska, and would also create some 10,000 jobs. (Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Groups across Nebraska are working to gather enough signatures by the state’s July 6 deadline to put Medicaid expansion onto the November ballot. Jordan Rasmussen, a policy associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, says if approved by voters, some 90,000 Nebraskans c

AARP Nebraska is hopeful that family medical leave and tax credits for caregivers will be considered in upcoming legislative sessions. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — In a legislative session dominated by fiscal woes, state lawmakers passed several measures that should help improve the lives of Nebraskans ages 50 and over. Jina Ragland, associate state director of advocacy and outreach at AARP Nebraska, said their volunteers were on the gr

A recent survey ranked Nebraska as the 17th best state for nurses to work. (Twenty20)

LINCOLN, Neb. — May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, and folks around the state are honoring Nebraska's nearly 23,000 registered nurses. Gallup polling has identified nursing as the top profession for honesty and ethics for 17 consecutive years. Executive director of the Nebraska Board of Nursi

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

Contraception, STD screenings, mammograms and Pap smears are among the services provided to Nebraskans who rely on Title X clinics for care. (Nate Grigg/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's budget debate has been consumed by the fight over Title 10 funding and abortions, and today's hearing in Lincoln is expected to be no different. A budget provision would deny Title 10 funds to clinics that perform, counsel or refer women to abortion services. As a

Gov. Pete Ricketts is being accused of partisan politics for using the state budget to attempt to restrict Title X funding to some health clinics. (Matt Johnson/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – A battle over Title X funding is front and center at the statehouse today. Senators will discuss Gov. Pete Ricketts' mainline budget provision that would restrict funding to Title X clinics that offer abortion-related services, along with other health care. As a former senato

The disabilities-rights community says it was not consulted on a bill in Congress promising so-called

LINCOLN, Neb. – A bill in Congress aimed at strengthening the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may not be what it seems, according to its critics. The U.S. House could vote this week on the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620), which would give businesses accused of not comply

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