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PNS Daily Newscast - January 15, 2020 


Efforts to make Paid Family and Medical Leave go further; nurses sick of reusing N-95 masks even as COVID infections spike.


2020Talks - January 15, 2021 


States shore up security ahead of Inauguration Day; Biden unveils an ambitious economic relief plan; and Human Rights Watch report chides Trump's record.

Public News Service - NE: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Unemployed Nebraskans have 60 days to enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act online at HealthCare.gov, because loss of employment is a qualifying event that opens up a special enrollment period. (Bytemarks/Flickr)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Since the economic fallout of the COVID-19 health emergency began in March, the number of workers applying for unemployment benefits has skyrocketed, and so has the number of people who lost their employer-based health insurance. In Nebraska, 120,000 workers have lost jobs, accord

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to prevent meatpacking plants from closing and keep food supply chains open. (Flickr)

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Many Nebraska meatpacking workers, who stand side by side in cool, virus-preserving conditions, are reporting that the meat they process is more valuable than their lives. According to Douglas County's health director, 70% of COVID-19 infections involving two or more people have bee

The Nebraska Food Council, with support from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Policy Council, announced compliance plans with CDC recommendations to make sure Nebraska farmers markets, farm stores and roadside stands remain open during the public health emergency. (Keven S/Pexels)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Local and state governments across the U.S. are joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's call to categorize farmers markets as essential businesses. The move would ensure that the markets remain open, just like grocery stores, during the coronavirus pandemic. Ale

In Nebraska, 57,946 students participated in the School Breakfast program in the 2018-19 school year, down about 900 from the previous year. (Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska ranked 48th nationally for getting students from low-income families the fuel they need to start the school day ready to learn. Crystal Fitzsimons, director of school programs for the Food Research and Action Center, the group behind the annual School Breakfast Scorecard,

Flooding of a section of runway at Offutt Air Force Base caused planes and munitions to be moved to higher ground. (USAF)

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LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska farmers will not be surprised to hear that 2019 was one of the wettest on record, and Karin Gleason, a climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said all data indicate that extreme weather events such as last year's floods, along with period

A new Trump administration proposal would reduce food-stamp benefits for low-income families with higher utility bills, cutting benefits for roughly one out of every five households that participate in SNAP. (Pixabay)

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Time is running out for the public to comment on the Trump administration's third proposal this year for changing the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The latest move would cut $4.5 billion from the program over five years by changing

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)

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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.

Food hubs coordinated by local growers help local businesses save time tracking down individual farmers to make wholesale purchases. (NewtonCourt/Wikimedia Commons)

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PENDER, Neb. — Local food and the arts are emerging market opportunities for rural communities, and the Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a one-day conference on October 10 in Pender, Nebraska, designed to offer aspiring entrepreneurs a leg up. Sandra Renner, farm and community director wi

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