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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2018. 


Californian’s now facing a pair of wildfires; Also on the Tuesday rundown: Higher education in New Jersey: a racial split; plus food resources still available despite the “public charge” proposal.

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Public News Service - WI: Housing/Homelessness

A new report suggests under-employment keeps thousands of Wisconsinites living below the poverty line. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. — A new report shows the poverty rate in Wisconsin was at 11.3 percent in 2017, which is down slightly from the previous year and below the national average. But many Wisconsinites still live near or below the federal poverty line and struggle with necessities such as food, housi

A bill creating the Interagency Council on Homelessness passed the Wisconsin Legislature last session. (D.C.Atty/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's new Interagency Council on Homelessness takes another step toward getting started today, when its first-ever director takes the reins. Michael Luckey had been a policy advisor for Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke of Kaukauna, and helped guide a number of bill

A national survey says 14 percent of American households that rely on food banks include a veteran. In Wisconsin, it's 19 percent. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – The most recent Census Bureau estimates for Wisconsin say of more than 6,000 homeless people, at least 500 are veterans. Often, returning veterans face big challenges in acclimating to civilian life, and finding jobs and places to live. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress

Increasingly, apartment hunters are looking for a building that provides a smoke-free environment, and are willing to pay more to not deal with secondhand smoke. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – According to the American Lung Association, more than 80 percent of Wisconsinites have a no-smoking policy inside their homes, and increasingly, renters are demanding smoke-free buildings. Next week marks the 7th anniversary of Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Air Law, which was aim

Wisconsin still has 176,000 lead pipes carrying water into homes, which is one reason for the state's higher percentage of children with high blood lead levels. (Giambra/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin's blood lead poisoning levels among children are similar to the 2015 rate in Flint, Mich., according to a new report from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF). This is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and blood lead poisoning is termed a prev

More and more solar panels, like these installed at the Governor's Mansion in Madison, appeared in Wisconsin in 2015. (wisconsin.gov)

MADISON, Wis. – There were three times more solar-power installations in Wisconsin in 2015 than any previous year, and the outlook for this year is also positive, says Tyler Huebner, executive director of Renew Wisconsin. Statewide, 7.5 megawatts of solar power were put in place in the Badger

A Wisconsin criminal defense attorney applauds what he calls a trend in Wisconsin and many other states away from using solitary confinement with inmates. Credit: Paul Fleet/iStockPhoto.com

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Imagine being in a 6-by-10 foot cell with concrete walls, little if any natural light, with minimal human contact for nearly 24 hours a day. That's what the Wisconsin Department of Corrections calls restrictive housing, commonly known as solitary confinement. Criminal Defense At

MADISON, Wisc. - Wisconsin politicians and policymakers often claim that high or rising property taxes are forcing homeowners, especially senior citizens, to sell their houses – but a new study says otherwise. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin's La Follette School of Public Affairs p

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