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Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - NE: Consumer

In Nebraska, 57,946 students participated in the School Breakfast program in the 2018-19 school year, down about 900 from the previous year. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska ranked 48th nationally for getting students from low-income families the fuel they need to start the school day ready to learn. Crystal Fitzsimons, director of school programs for the Food Research and Action Center, the group behind the annual School Breakfast Scorecard,

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

Single mothers with a bachelor's degree earn $1,082,059 in total lifetime earnings, $562,545 more than their peers with only a high school education. (Pixabay)<br /><br />

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska would see a big return on investments that help single mothers graduate from college, according to a new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, the institute's study director, says the economic well-being of Nebraska's more than 10,

Only 54% of families headed by prime-age workers (age 32 to 61) participate in any kind of retirement plan, down from 60% in 2001. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nearly half of U.S. families have no retirement savings, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report. And the median balance for families that do have savings is far from what they'll need. The report said families in their mid-30s have just $1,000 socked away. And families

Groups most at risk for going uncounted include children in rural communities, seniors and minorities (Wikimedia Commons).

LINCOLN, Neb. – A new George Washington University report shows that more than $1.5 trillion a year in federal funding distributed to states and local governments is directly connected to Census data. John Cartier, director of voting rights for the democracy advocacy group Civic Nebraska, sa

A recent study by the Food and Drug Administration found that a quarter of all high school students used e-cigarettes in 2019, up five percentage points from last year. (Vaping 360/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – In the wake of recent reports of fatal lung illness connected with the use of e-cigarettes, including a Douglas County resident in September, new research seems to confirm concerns about the health impacts of vaping. A study by Boston University researchers found that e-cigar

During 2018's Small Business Saturday, 140 million shoppers spent more than $17 billion at local businesses. (Pixabay)

LYONS, Neb. – The holiday season is just around the corner, and small businesses across Nebraska are stocking up and making the case that shopping locally pays important dividends for communities. Anna Pratt, Women's Business Center director at the Center for Rural Affairs, says small busine

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