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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - NE: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Only 54% of families headed by prime-age workers (age 32 to 61) participate in any kind of retirement plan, down from 60% in 2001. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nearly half of U.S. families have no retirement savings, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report. And the median balance for families that do have savings is far from what they'll need. The report said families in their mid-30s have just $1,000 socked away. And families

Studies show that unaddressed bullying can lead affected students to have poorer academic performance, miss or drop out of school, turn to alcohol or other drugs, and even attempt suicide. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. — October is national Bullying Prevention Month, and a new ACLU Nebraska report shows the problem continues to impact too many of the state's students. Rose Godinez, legal and policy counsel with the group, pointed to one middle school student, named Margaret in the report, who

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

Law-enforcement jurisdictions have been ending their agreements with ICE because of increased costs to local taxpayers, increased risks of racial profiling, and damaging relations between communities and law enforcement.(Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Dakota County immigrant communities targeted by the Trump administration's recent promise of mass deportation aren't getting any relief from local law enforcement. Sheriff Chris Kleinberg recently renewed his department's commitment to cooperating with the Department of Homelan

In 2016, Nebraska received nearly $4 billion from the federal government for programs linked to the 2010 census. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Civic groups across Nebraska are gearing up to organize their own outreach efforts for the upcoming 2020 census, after Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed legislation last week that would have created a Nebraska Complete Count Committee charged with encouraging participation. John Cart

Immigrant households that would benefit from a new Dream Act contribute more than $17 billion in federal taxes and nearly $10 billion in state and local taxes annually. (P.A.Gethen/Wikimedia Commons)

OMAHA, Neb. – This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would provide more than two million people a path to permanent residency and citizenship. The American Dream and Promise Act includes so-called "Dreamers," who entered the country as children, and people with

Nebraska's 150,000 immigrants paid nearly $950 million in taxes in 2017. (Jonathan McIntosh/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. — On Wednesday at the Nebraska Civil Rights Conference in Lincoln, a national campaign was launched to pave the way for more students to attend college. Valeria Rodriguez is the national campus coordinator for the group Define American. She said the campaign's primary goal is t

More than half of suicides within juvenile facilities occur while the young person is in solitary confinement. (Ryan Melaugh/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska lawmakers hold a public hearing Thursday for a bill that would limit the use of juvenile solitary confinement in facilities holding young people. According to an Inspector General report, last year more than 500 Nebraska youths ages 11 to 18 were held in solitary 2,6

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