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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - NE: Civic Engagement

Parents also should include babies in their 2020 census form, even if they're still in the hospital on April 1. (Krzysztof Dzwonek/Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Advocates for children in Nebraska are working to ensure that all of the children are counted in the upcoming 2020 Census, including children younger than five years old and not yet in school. Numbers from the once-a-decade tally play a big role in determining how many federal tax

Since its 2004 launch, Getting Ready has focused on strengthening relationships in children's lives, including relationships among parents, their young children and the early childhood professionals connected to the family.(David Lipp/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Fifteen years of research on best practices for helping young children prepare for school is expanding into communities across Nebraska, thanks to a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Preschool Development Grant. University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor Li

Previous reporting underestimated the number of Nebraska residents that didn't have access to broadband internet, which has become increasingly important for the state's farmers. (Pxhere)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska lawmakers are scheduled to hear a bill next week designed to ramp up access to broadband internet in parts of the state still stuck at dial-up speeds. Johnathan Hladik, policy director with the Center for Rural Affairs, said broadband is an economic-development tool for s

By 2024, 41 million people ages 55 and older are projected to be in the labor force, nearly an 8% increase from the current number. (Pxfuel)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Legislation to protect older workers in Nebraska and around the nation from discrimination in the workplace heads to the U.S. Senate after the House passed the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act last week. Todd Stubbendieck, state director of AARP Nebraska, says e

Doctors who perform a common abortion procedure could face Class IV felony charges, serve up to two years behind bars and pay a $10,000 fine if LB 814 becomes law. (Piqsels)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Proponents for women's reproductive health are mustering forces to defeat a bill introduced last week by state Sen. Suzanne Geist, R-Lincoln, that would prohibit a common abortion procedure after the first trimester of pregnancy. Andi Curry Grub, Nebraska state executive director

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

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 recent study of elementary and middle schools found decreasing high caloric beverages such as soda and juice, and increasing water consumption, promoted child health and decreased childhood obesity. (GSquare/Pixabay)

LYONS, Neb. – Children spend a significant portion of their days in school for most of the calendar year, and public health advocates are concerned that too many are not drinking enough water, which can lead to a host of negative issues. Jordan Rasmussen, policy manager for the Center for Ru

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)

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

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