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PNS Daily Newscast - November 15, 2019 


President Trump asks SCOTUS to block release of his tax returns; use of the death penalty is on the decline across the country; and a push to make nutrition part of the health-care debate.

2020Talks - November 15, 2019 


Former MA Gov. Deval Patrick is officially running for president, saying he can attract more Independents and moderate Republicans than other candidates.

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Public News Service - NE: Rural/Farming

During 2018's Small Business Saturday, 140 million shoppers spent more than $17 billion at local businesses. (Pixabay)

LYONS, Neb. – The holiday season is just around the corner, and small businesses across Nebraska are stocking up and making the case that shopping locally pays important dividends for communities. Anna Pratt, Women's Business Center director at the Center for Rural Affairs, says small busine

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.

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

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

Scientists warn that a warming planet will lead to less productive soil, restricting what can be grown and reducing the soil's ability to absorb carbon. (Nicepik)

LINCOLN, Neb. - Inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden and record-breaking spring floods, Nebraska students are joining a global climate strike this Friday, with events scheduled in Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha. Brittni McGuire with Nebraska Climate Strike is organizing a m

U.S. beekeepers have lost more than 40% of their colonies in the past year. (Pixabay)

LYONS, Neb. – The Environmental Protection Agency has allowed the insecticide sulfoxaflor back onto the market, and a coalition of beekeepers is taking the agency to court. Greg Loarie, an attorney with the environmental law firm Earthjustice, which filed the lawsuit, notes the EPA made the

Latino women in Nebraska can get business loans up to $150,000, one-on-one tech assistance, and classroom opportunities to learn about management concepts. (James Wilson/Wikimedia Commons)

COLUMBUS, Neb. – Registration is open for the first Empowerment for Latino Women in Business Conference, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs and the Small Business Administration. Anna Pratt, women's business director at the Center for Rural Affairs, says it's the first conference designe

Some midwestern farmers say this was the first May in which they couldn't plant any crops, because of an extremely wet and cold spring. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. — The U.S. is coming off the wettest year on record, seen most dramatically in this spring's massive flooding. And Nebraska farmers are looking to age-old conservation practices to help them adapt. State Sen. Tim Gragert of Creighton has more than 30 years of experience with th

Nebraska lawmakers on Tuesday will debate a property tax relief bill, including an option of closing tax loopholes for S-Corp LLC money that leaves the state. (Capitolist/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. – After years of debate, Nebraska lawmakers are narrowing in on a compromise bill to address rising property taxes, a move that could resolve a crisis facing many rural farmers and ranchers. Land values have skyrocketed on paper over the past decade, but incomes haven't increas

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