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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - NE: Poverty Issues

Immigrants applying for SNAP benefits for their U.S. citizen children do not have to provide agencies with their personal immigration status. (Public Domain Pictures)

OMAHA, Neb. – With a Dec. 10 deadline for public comments just around the corner, immigrants' rights groups say they're hoping Nebraskans will make their voices heard on a proposal by the Trump administration. The "public charge" rule change would make it harder for some people to get green

Three in four kids who lost health coverage in 2017 live in states, including Nebraska, that have not yet expanded Medicaid. (USAF)

LINCOLN, Neb. – For the first time in a decade, the number of children without health coverage in the United States has gone up. According to a new Georgetown University report, the number of uninsured kids rose by more than 275,000 in 2017, and nearly 4 million children in the U.S. now lack

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

Fewer than three million children received a nutritious summer lunch on an average weekday in 2017, compared with 20 million kids who relied on school lunch programs during the academic year. (USDA)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska continues to rank near the bottom compared to other states for getting nutritious meals to kids when school cafeterias close for the summer, according to a new report by the Food Research and Action Center. Sometimes, families don't know about summer meal programs, o

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

Establishing permanent Aging and Disability Resource Centers across Nebraska is the focus of a bill under consideration at the State House. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – With the state legislative session in full swing, advocates for older adults are hopeful their senators will continue to prioritize policies that support Nebraskans as they age. Among the top priorities for AARP Nebraska is Legislative Bill 1004, which would establish permane

State lawmakers hear testimony today about adjusting the income levels for taxing Social Security benefits to keep pace with inflation. (Nebraska Legislature)

LINCOLN, Neb. – A bill that could make Nebraska a more tax-friendly state for retirees is a major topic at the State House Wednesday. The Revenue Committee hears testimony on Legislative Bill 738, a proposal to adjust the income levels for taxing Social Security benefits to keep pace with in

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