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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - NE: Health

The highest rate of uninsured children in Nebraska isn't among families with the lowest incomes, but working families who make from $29,000 to $53,000 annually for a family of three. (DOD)

LINCOLN, Neb. - The number of children across the country who lack health insurance increased by more than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018, and progress made in Nebraska has stalled, according to a new Georgetown University report. Molly McCleery, health-care access program director for Nebraska Appl

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

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