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PNS Daily Newscast - July 17, 2018 


Trump says he is not buying U.S. intelligence as he meets with Putin. Also on the rundown: as harvest nears farmers speak out on tariffs; immigrant advocates say families should not be kept in cages; and a call for a deeper dive to the Lake Erie algae troubles.

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Public News Service - NE: Budget Policy & Priorities

More than 1,000 farmers have participated in a program designed to connect struggling families with healthy foods. The Double Up Food Bucks program, launched in Detroit in 2009, is now in its second year in Nebraska. (Allen Sheffield/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans struggling to make ends meet are getting a boost from local farmers, and it's a two-way street. Farmers also are benefitting from the Double Up Food Bucks program. Morgan Hartline, the assistant extension educator with SNAP-Ed at the University of Nebraska, explain

Proponents of Medicaid expansion say the move would bring $1.1 billion from Washington back to Nebraska, and would also create some 10,000 jobs. (Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Groups across Nebraska are working to gather enough signatures by the state’s July 6 deadline to put Medicaid expansion onto the November ballot. Jordan Rasmussen, a policy associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, says if approved by voters, some 90,000 Nebraskans c

AARP Nebraska is hopeful that family medical leave and tax credits for caregivers will be considered in upcoming legislative sessions. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — In a legislative session dominated by fiscal woes, state lawmakers passed several measures that should help improve the lives of Nebraskans ages 50 and over. Jina Ragland, associate state director of advocacy and outreach at AARP Nebraska, said their volunteers were on the gr

Individuals in the U.S. pay about five times more in taxes than corporations. (National Priorities Project)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Whether you owe the IRS or it owes you, Tax Day is an annual reminder of how much money Americans give the federal government each year. A new report shows exactly where that money is being spent. The National Priorities Project crunched the numbers on 2017 federal spending,

85,000 signatures are needed to get a measure on the November ballot that would let voters decide on Medicaid expansion. (Michael_Swan/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — After six failed legislative attempts, supporters of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska want the people to decide on the issue. The Insure the Good Life campaign is collecting signatures to put the choice to expand Medicaid before voters in November. Deputy director of the health

Nebraska lawmakers have competing bills in front of them as they work to bring property-tax relief to land and homeowners. (Dawn in Nebraska/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – As they work to determine the best way to bring property-tax relief to Nebraskans, state lawmakers are debating a bill this week backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Legislative Bill 947 would create a refundable tax credit for agricultural and homeowner property taxes that would gr

Contraception, STD screenings, mammograms and Pap smears are among the services provided to Nebraskans who rely on Title X clinics for care. (Nate Grigg/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's budget debate has been consumed by the fight over Title 10 funding and abortions, and today's hearing in Lincoln is expected to be no different. A budget provision would deny Title 10 funds to clinics that perform, counsel or refer women to abortion services. As a

Gov. Pete Ricketts is being accused of partisan politics for using the state budget to attempt to restrict Title X funding to some health clinics. (Matt Johnson/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – A battle over Title X funding is front and center at the statehouse today. Senators will discuss Gov. Pete Ricketts' mainline budget provision that would restrict funding to Title X clinics that offer abortion-related services, along with other health care. As a former senato

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