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PNS Daily Newscast - April 27, 2017 


On today’s nationwide rundown; President Trump reveals an outline for tax reform; we take a look at the cost to consumers on the latest version of the GOP’s American Health Care Act; and why the food industry wants to put nutrition information on the back burner.

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Public News Service - CT: Poverty Issues

Proposed federal and state budget cuts are jeopardizing programs such as Meals on Wheels, in Connecticut and across the country. (Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Proposed state and federal budget cuts threaten Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. That's the message service providers and customers took to Harford on Thursday. Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to cut funding for the Human Services Infrastructure Community Action Program by 20 per

The median debt for graduates of four-year, for-profit colleges in Connecticut is more than $28,000. (Michael Fleshman/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Most students who enroll in for-profit colleges in Connecticut don't graduate, and those who do are deeper in debt, according to the Center for Responsible Lending. The group's report says only 35 percent of students graduate from for-profit colleges in the state, compared t

About 85 percent of Connecticut students ride buses to public schools, which exposes them to greater levels of air pollution. (School Bus Central/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Environmentalists want Connecticut to use some of the money from the Volkswagen settlement to help children in low-income communities affected by air pollution. The state will be getting almost $51 million from the car maker's $20 billion settlement for deliberately cheating

Subsidies for infant, toddler and preschool child care helps low-income families stay employed. (Fairfax County/flickr.com)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – About 3,000 families are already on the wait list for Care 4 Kids, Connecticut's state childcare subsidy, and that number is going up. According to a new report from Connecticut Voices for Children, when the program serving low-income families hit a $33 million budget shortf

TANF core activities include job programs. (Flazingo Photos/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new study shows that Connecticut uses only 30 percent of its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for basic assistance, work programs and child care. A policy brief, prepared by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, shows that on average states spend

A new report says Connecticut residents' lack of access to civil legal assistance ends up costing taxpayers millions of dollars. (Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A state task force of judges, attorneys, law enforcement and educators has said a person's access to an attorney in some civil court proceedings should be a right. A new report from the Task Force to Improve Access to Legal Counsel in Civil Matters found that many Connecticu

The 2016 census showed a 20 percent decline in the chronically homeless in Connecticut. (Matthew Woitunski/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Volunteers are needed to help with the annual census of homelessness in Connecticut next month. On Jan. 24, people will fan out in Connecticut and across the country to count how many people are homeless that night. Using a specially designed phone app, volunteers interac

Without action, advocates say, Social Security benefits will be cut by 25 percent in 2034. (401kcalculator.org)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Social Security is in trouble, advocates for the government trust fund say, and the winners in this year's election could determine the fate of retirees in years to come. Supporters of Social Security say that if nothing is done, in 2034 benefits will be cut by 25 percent,

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