PNS Daily Newscast UPDATE - October 17, 2019 

Congressman Elijah Cummings has died. Also on the rundown: President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - WI: Poverty

The Democratic leadership of the Wisconsin State Assembly believes the state's Family Medical Leave law is stuck in the 1950s and needs a 21st Century update to reflect the changing family dynamic. (KatarzynaBailasiewicz/

MADISON, Wis. - Families in Wisconsin are working harder than ever but our laws simply haven't kept pace with the modern workplace, says state Assembly Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse. She and 35 other Democrats are pushing a bill to modernize the state's Family Medical Leave law.

A bipartisan agreement in Congress to save the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit will mean money in the pockets of more than 150,000 Wisconsin families. (monkeybusinessimages/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. - More than 150,000 working families in Wisconsin and their 300,000 children got a nice Christmas present from Congress, according to Jon Peacock, director of the Wisconsin Budget Project. The bipartisan agreement to preserve the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, which

Prisons, such as the Racine Correctional Institute, have been a growth industry in Wisconsin, which now spends more tax dollars on correction than on education. Credit: Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections

MADISON, Wis. - A new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project suggests the state is spending too much on corrections, which is a drag on the economy and causes harm to the state's communities by splitting up families. Tamarine Cornelius, a budget analyst for the group, says Wisconsin's annual c

Dan Stein of Second Harvest Food Bank says too many Wisconsin families are forced to make a choice between buying food or paying for basics like housing and utilities. Courtesy: Second Harvest Food Bank.

MADISON, Wis. – Millions of Wisconsinites will sit down to a bountiful Thanksgiving meal, including many who are the beneficiaries of the efforts of food banks all around the state. But one good meal doesn't end food insecurity, says Dan Stein, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank in

Eau Claire Democrat Dana Wachs is working on legislation to replace the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which was killed by the U.S. Senate last week. Credit: Wisconsin State Legislature

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Legislation which would have extended the Federal Perkins Loan Program, which provided financial assistance to more than half a million students throughout the country, was blocked last week in the U.S. Senate. Eau Claire Representative Dana Wachs, the ranking Democratic member

According to new census data, five years into the economic recovery there is an even larger divide between haves and have-nots in Wisconsin. Credit: Enrique Ramos Lopez/

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's overall poverty rate has declined slightly, according to new census figures, but more than one in eight state residents is still struggling to make ends meet. The figures also show the economic disparities based on race are worse than ever. The black child poverty rate i

High quality education for all children is part of the solution to increase the well being of children in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. Credit: U.S. Navy

MADISON, Wis. – A just-released report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation regarding the well being of children ranks Wisconsin 13th in the nation. Last year's Kids Count report also had the Badger state ranked at number 13. But Ken Taylor, the executive director of the Wisconsin Council on

Photo: Jennifer Epps-Addison, executive director of Wisconsin Jobs Now, says large events are planned in Milwaukee and Madison next week as part of a national day of protests on April 15 aimed at raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Photo credit: WI Jobs Now

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Madison and Milwaukee were the sites of minimum-wage protests last week, and now organizers say a much larger event is planned for next Wednesday, April 15, which will involve low-wage workers in cities all across the Badger State. Jennifer Epps-Addison, executive director of Wisc

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