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PNS Daily Newscast - April 2, 2020 


The Trump Administration decides Obama healthcare exchanges will not reopen - we have reaction. Plus a look a vulnerable COVID-19 population you may not have heard about.

2020Talks - April 2, 2020 


Some states this year use ranked-choice voting. What are some of the benefits during COVID-19? Plus, President Trump and former VP Biden continue to battle over the Affordable Care Act.

Public News Service - WI: Consumer

Last year, 67,000 Wisconsinites received AARP Foundation Tax-Aide assistance in filing their 2017 federal tax returns. (Fort Rucker/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – With pencils and calculators in hand, hundreds of volunteers are standing by to help Wisconsin taxpayers crunch the numbers on their 2018 income tax returns. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are providing free tax filing services in communities across the state. Sam Wils

Health care and affordable prescription drugs are among the top issues for older Wisconsin voters. <br />(Daniel Morrison/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – As Wisconsin's new governor steps into office and the State Legislature begins a new term, policy groups say it's important for lawmakers to remember the voters who elected them. At 61 percent, Wisconsin had the second highest voter turnout in the nation for the November 2018

The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study examines whether there is contamination in drinking-water wells, and what might be causing it. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – A new water quality task force has been proposed for Wisconsin after a recent study showed widespread health concerns about drinking water wells in several counties. For about a decade, conservation groups had warned Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Party leaders that

Wisconsin farmers should feel good about the new farm bill, according to one agricultural analyst. (Michael Pereckas/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – How did sustainable agriculture fare in the 2018 Farm Bill? One analyst breaks down the wins and losses. Margaret Krome, policy director for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, says the bill provides baseline funding for beginning farmers and local food programs. It

Wisconsin has the seventh most hemp-planted land in the country. (Maja Dumat/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign the Farm Bill Thursday, setting the hemp industry up for a major breakthrough in 2019. Hemp will no longer be classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, opening up possibilities for farmers in Wisconsin and other states. Bad

Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature is forging ahead with a series of power-stripping bills in the state Capitol. (milkmantep/Flickr) Wisconsins Republican-controlled Legislature forged ahead with passing a series of power-stripping bills in the state capitol. (milkmantep/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. — Republicans in several states including Wisconsin are holding lame-duck sessions to block or cripple the power of their incoming rivals, but citizen-rights groups say voters are the ones being stripped of their power. Groups like One Wisconsin Now have claimed the last-minut

An estimated 78 percent of caregivers spend their own money to help family members or loved ones stay in their homes. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – November is National Family Caregivers Month, which honors those whose invaluable contributions allow older Wisconsinites to age in place in their homes. And efforts are underway to develop measures that can better support caregivers every month of the year. There are 578,0

Wisconsin dairy farmers and cheese makers are awaiting details of a new trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico that they hope will help boost business. (Pixabay)<br />

PLYMOUTH, Wis. – The preliminary U.S.-Mexico trade deal announced this week by President Donald Trump is seen as welcome news by Wisconsin dairy farmers and cheese makers, even if they haven’t read the fine print. Mexico and Canada are two of Wisconsin's biggest trading partners, and t

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