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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - NE: Health

Scientists say regenerative farming practices that don't use synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides can help capture more carbon from the atmosphere and create healthier soil for crops. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Agriculture is the fourth largest producer of climate pollution, and farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. have launched a campaign urging Congress to pass the Green New Deal, which supports regenerative family farm and ranching practices over industrial scale agribusiness.

Researchers found that sales from drug companies' top 20 medicines cover the cost of all annual research, and still produces $40 billion in profits. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – According to new state data released by AARP Nebraska, 31% of Nebraskan adults have stopped taking a prescription drug because of rising costs. Americans currently pay at least twice what people in other developed countries pay for the same medicine, and AARP Nebraska is urgi

Use of programs including Medicaid, SNAP and Section 8 public housing will factor into the determination by immigration officials of who gets a green card. (Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Trump administration has finalized a new rule that could deny green cards to immigrants if they access public benefits - including health care, nutrition and housing assistance - or if officials believe they might do so in the future. Olivia Golden, executive director at

Consumer advocates want U.S. lawmakers to address patent loopholes that allow drug companies to keep cheaper generics from reaching the marketplace. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – This week the Trump administration opened the door for prescription drug imports from Canada, in a move to address concerns about high costs. The Department of Health and Human Services outlined steps that would allow for cheaper generic drugs to be imported, and asked states

A new report shows that many Americans who frequently don't know how they'll pay for their next meal earn too much to qualify for federal food assistance. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – A new Feeding America report shows in every county and Congressional district in the U.S., a subset of the population can't afford to buy food on a consistent basis. Adam Dewey, the group's research director, says in some states, one in four children is at risk of missing a m

Medicaid expansion is projected to create more than 10,000 jobs and generate $1.3 billion in economic activity in Nebraska. (Pxhere)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Health advocates are sounding the alarm over the slow pace of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' proposal for expanding Medicaid. Molly McCleery, the director for Nebraska Appleseed’s Health Care Program says the proposed October 1, 2020 rollout would

AARP's 38 million members across the country are taking on the drug companies over high drug costs with TV, digital and radio advertising, grassroots action, social media and events. (USAF)

LINCOLN, Neb. – AARP has launched a federal- and state-level campaign to stop drug companies from price gouging. Connie Benjamin, state director of the group's Nebraska chapter says the average Medicare beneficiary has a median income of $26,000, but people with chronic conditions are paying

Expanding Medicaid coverage in Nebraska is projected to create and sustain nearly 11,000 jobs, and bring nearly $600 million in federal taxes paid by Nebraskans back to the state. (USAF)

HASTINGS, Neb. — Last year, Nebraska voters passed a measure to expand Medicaid, but state officials are stumbling out of the gate to implement the plan. The move would bridge a health-coverage gap for 94,000 Nebraskans who don't earn enough to get subsidies for market-rate insurance, but ea

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