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PNS Daily News - April 26, 2017 


Among the stories we are featuring today: National monuments at risk under an expected executive order; the latest on negotiations to avoid a government shutdown; and attempts to overturn Citizens United ramp up.

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Public News Service - AR: Livable Wages/Working Families

Thousands of Arkansas residents could lose out on Medicaid coverage if state lawmakers approve a freeze on new enrollments.  (AMRImage/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – With an estimated 330,000 people enrolled in Arkansas's expanded Medicaid program, state lawmakers are now taking steps to freeze enrollment. The state adopted a plan that uses Medicaid funds to buy health care from the insurance marketplace for those eligible, and the nu

Arkansas schools are ranked seventh in the country for the number of low-income students in the School Breakfast Program. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The annual School Breakfast Scorecard ranks Arkansas seventh in the nation for the number of low-income students who participate in both breakfast and lunch programs. The report from the Food Research and Action Center charts the progress of its national push to increase t

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program is available at 21 sites in Arkansas to prepare tax returns for people who can't afford professional help. (bernardasv/IStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The federal income tax filing deadline is April 18, and if you can't afford professional help with your tax return, free assistance is available. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program offers no-cost services in Arkansas preparing federal and state tax returns. Kim Labbate, a

In Arkansas, African Americans' median incomes are 42 percent lower than whites'. (Brandis Griffith Friedman)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - If current trends continue, a new study says it would take the average African-American family 228 years to accumulate the amount of wealth the average white family has today. It will take the average Latino family 84 years to do the same. The "Ever-Growing Gap," a report by the

Arkansas residents are being urged to take a stand about the future of Social Security. (AARP.org)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Nearly 674,000 people in Arkansas collect Social Security benefits; that's one out of every four state residents. Advocates say with so many relying on it to make ends meet, it's crucial to know what each presidential candidate will do to make sure the program is funded into the

A grant program is geared toward getting more Arkansas children to eat fresh food. (Virginia Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost $17 million in grants are heading to organizations that help feed the hungry with the goal of getting low-income residents to eat healthier. The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has been awarded $94,000 for a pilot program to let SNAP recipients double their benefits at far

12,000 Arkansas able bodies adults will be cut off from the federal food stamp program on April 1st, and food pantries say they aren't ready. (dhhs.ne.gov)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The state estimates about 12,000 unemployed Arkansas residents will lose their food assistance benefits on April 1 because of reinstated work requirements. Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will now be limited to three months for able-bodi

Some 290,000 Arkansas children quality for free or reduced-price lunch at school, and there's an effort under way to make sure they get breakfast too. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – More than 60 percent of Arkansas children qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school, and there's an effort underway to provide them with breakfast as well. The Food Research and Action Center's School Breakfast Scorecard for the 2014-2015 school year shows Arkansa

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