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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - CA: Livable Wages/Working Families

California has the largest number of kids enrolled in CHIP in the nation, at more than 1.9 million youngsters. (Children's Action Alliance)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It's been almost a month since Congress let funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program run out - and now, the State of California says the program known as CHIP will go broke at the end of December. The California Department of Healthcare Services says this unprec

A new report shows that Asian and white children in California score significantly higher on measures of well-being compared to American Indian, Latino and African American kids. (Latino Outdoors)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California has improved child well-being significantly since 2014 - but still needs to shrink the severe racial disparities that persist, according to a new report. The "2017 Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation comes out every three years and the la

A new survey shows high housing costs are preventing a majority of working Californians from saving enough for retirement. (Seemann/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Senior advocates are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to do something about the housing crisis - and are pushing him to start by signing Senate Bill 2. The bill would increase the fee for recording certain types of real estate documents, excluding the sale of commercial and residentia

Data show that the rate of Latino and black children in poverty in California is more than three times that of white children. (Cohdra/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Stubborn poverty continues to plague the Golden State, which maintains the worst poverty rate in the nation, with 14.3 percent of residents, and almost 20 percent of children, living below the federal poverty line. However, the new Census numbers on poverty do show that

The Senate version of healthcare reform bill caps Medicaid spending, which would have dire health and financial consequences for millions in California. (cllarita/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Health advocates warn the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare would cause millions of Californians to lose their healthcare - by phasing out the Medicaid expansion and then capping the program altogether. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) lifts the go

Before Sacramento County repealed its fees, the average juvenile probation case could generate $5,640 in fees, according to a new report. (JDAI AZ)

BERKELEY, Calif. – A new report finds that some California families are losing their homes and being driven into bankruptcy by the fees counties charge when kids get arrested - fees that nonetheless generate little to no profit for taxpayers. Researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Law fo

A new report recommends ways that California policymakers could improve outcomes for the state's children and toddlers. (ulkare/istockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Less than 10 percent of California toddlers and infants who are eligible for subsidized child care actually get it. That's one statistic in a new report that spells out ways to improve the growth and development of the state's youngest residents. The research is from the

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program has more than 400 locations in California offering free income-tax filing services. (AARP)

LOS ANGELES – Tax season is well underway; the deadline is April 18. Tax time can mean loads of stress, especially because the U.S. Tax Code has become increasingly complicated. But Nancy McPherson, state director for AARP California, says the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program aims to allev

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