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PNS Daily Newscast - June 27, 2019 


More time on the ground for the Boeing 737 MAX. Also on our Thursday rundown: A diverse group tackles the topic of salmon recovery. Plus, summer bees are buzzing, but for how long?

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Public News Service - NE: Civic Engagement

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

People with full-time jobs are encouraged to participate in the state's foster care system, where training and ongoing support is available. (USDOD)

OMAHA, Neb. – May is National Foster Care Month, and the Nebraska Children's Home Society is working to bring more potential families into the state's foster care system by removing barriers to participation. This year's theme is "Foster Care as a support for families, not a substitute for p

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

Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that would give companies and individuals a big incentive to contribute to organizations that fund private-school scholarships. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – A proposal making its way through the Nebraska Legislature would provide dollar for dollar tax credits to corporations and individuals who contribute to scholarship funds for private schools. But Ann Hunter-Pirtle, executive director of the public schools advocacy group Stand

AARP's 38 million members across the country are taking on the drug companies over high drug costs with TV, digital and radio advertising, grassroots action, social media and events. (USAF)

LINCOLN, Neb. – AARP has launched a federal- and state-level campaign to stop drug companies from price gouging. Connie Benjamin, state director of the group's Nebraska chapter says the average Medicare beneficiary has a median income of $26,000, but people with chronic conditions are paying

In 2012, there were 176,000 stay-at-home dads responsible for taking care of children. (Onkelbo/Wikimedia Commons)

OMAHA, Neb. – As Nebraskans tip their hats to social workers during National Social Work Month, Nebraska Children's Home Society is celebrating one year of Fatherhood P³, a father-to-father, community-based service. Program coordinator David Pollock says fathers carry anxiety about all

Currently, Nebraska workers can be fired from their jobs or lose housing because of to their sexual orientation or gender status. (Pexels)

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Lincoln-based group Out Nebraska has a new leader and is expanding its work for LGBTQ rights across the state. Abbi Swatsworth, a long-time volunteer and the group's new executive director, says her goal is to educate lawmakers about the value LGBTQ communities bring to t

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