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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - NE: Rural/Farming

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

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

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

Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has tapped revenues from offshore oil and gas development to preserve public lands, including Scotts Bluff National Monument. (Paul Hermans)

LINCOLN, Neb. – In a rare display of bipartisanship, last week the U.S. Senate passed a public-lands measure by a vote of 92 to 8 that includes indefinitely extending the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Now, all eyes are on members of the House, who could vote on the public-lands package as

During the 2017-2018 school year, Nebraska Farm to School reported $2.7 million in total local food purchases. Products included melons, various vegetables, chicken and milk. (USDA)

LYONS, Neb. - Nebraskans spend $4.4 billion on food annually, but only 10 percent of that money is spent on food grown in the state, according to a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs and the Nebraska Food Council. Researchers tapped state and national data to create a comprehensive pictur

Personal property used in agriculture production valued up to $100,000 may be exempted from Nebraska personal property taxes under the state's Beginning Veteran Farmer Tax Credit program. (Ken Hawkins/Flickr)

LYONS, Neb. — With the 2019 legislative session just around the corner, champions of Nebraska's Beginning Farmer Tax Credit are hoping to leverage the program's success to open more land to military veterans. Created in 2001, the program offers both landowners and new farmers tax incentives

Of the more than 25 million households that lack access to broadband Internet, 19 million of them are in rural areas. (Pixabay)

LYONS, Neb. – In Nebraska, just 5 percent of residents in 18 of the state's 93 counties have access to broadband Internet, according to a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs. Report author Johnathan Hladik, the center’s policy director, says lack of reliable information is par

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NAPER, Neb. — Solar panels are being installed on land along the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska and South Dakota to power the homes, farms and indigenous spirit camps of communities opposed to the project. Ranchers Bob and Nancy Allpress became the third Nebraska fami

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