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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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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

Protesters of the massive Foxconn Technology Group project also organized a voter registration drive. (Gaia Coalition Network)

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. – As President Donald Trump and Governor Scott Walker hoisted golden shovels to break ground at a $10 billion factory complex for electronics giant Foxconn, protesters held their own event a few miles away in downtown Mount Pleasant. At "Operation: Shake the Ground!" they

Advocates of Wisconsin's SeniorCare program say it fills in gaps in Medicare Part D coverage and is easier to navigate; but mostly, it saves money on prescription costs. (Chris Potter/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin's popular SeniorCare program is up for renewal this year, and advocates are pushing to have it secured through 2028. Ten years is the longest federal waiver available to keep the program going. About 92,000 lower-income Wisconsinites age 65 and older are enrolled in

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says

MADISON, Wis. — Democratic state senator Kathleen Vinehout of Alma says the package of proposals under Special Assembly Bill 6 makes false assumptions about fraud in the state's assistance programs. The proposed legislation would make it harder for those living in poverty to get help, accord

Vel Phillips is the first black woman to graduate from a Wisconsin law school. She is the first woman and the first African-American to be elected Secretary of State and later was elected as a judge. (WI Dept. of Public Instruction)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – As Wisconsin celebrates Black History Month, an African-American state senator is calling on Wisconsinites to work together to make progress toward the goal of equality. LaTonya Johnson, a Milwaukee Democrat, says while celebrating the state's history-making African-America

The popular employee mileage deduction is one of the many deductions eliminated in 2018 as part of the tax changes passed in Congress. (midlibrary.org)

MADISON, Wis. – The sweeping tax law changes just passed by Congress will affect everyone's taxes in one way or another. According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, eight in 10 Americans will pay lower taxes next year, but a large majority of Americans believe the tax bill

The rent-to-own industry says it serves consumers who may not otherwise be able to afford common household appliances. Critics say the industry charges usurious interest rates. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – A Republican legislative proposal would exempt rent-to-own stores from key provisions of the state consumer protection laws. Under current law, rent-to-own companies are required to provide customers with the interest rates they charge for furniture and appliances. The prop

While progress is being made, the Coalition on Human Needs says the Trump administration is poised to slash the programs that help most to reduce poverty. (CHN)

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin is finally seeing poverty rates move downward, according to a new report from the Coalition on Human Needs and 9 to 5 Wisconsin. That's the good news. The bad news, according to the authors of the report, is that the programs that drove sustained economic gains over the

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