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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown: a new poll has Americans turning thumbs-down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - CT: Community Issues and Volunteering

Chronic homelessness in Connecticut has decreased almost 60 percent in three years. (fantareis/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for the homeless are worried that cuts in Connecticut's budget, now almost seven weeks overdue, could roll back progress. The January census of homelessness showed a third straight year of declining numbers in the Nutmeg State, a 24-percent reduction from 2014 and

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

The Summer Food Service Program is open to all children 18 and younger. (Amanda Mills, USCDCP/public-domain-image.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The end of the school year doesn't mean low-income children need to go hungry. Thousands of children in Connecticut rely on free and reduced-price meals at school for a big part of their daily nutrition. But many families don't realize that federally-funded meals for children are a

Connecticut's prison population fell 17 percent and crime decreased by 25 percent between 2006 and 2014. (my_southborough/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. - States that reduce their prison populations are seeing their crime rates go down, too. In the 1990s, getting "tough on crime" led to a rapid rise in the number of people incarcerated. Now, with more than 2 million behind bars, the United States has the largest prison population in

Parents losing HUSKY A coverage should schedule medical appointments before July 31. (Ilmicrofono Oggiono/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Thousands of low-income parents in Connecticut who will lose access to Medicaid in August need to start planning now. On August first lower income eligibility limits for HUSKY A, the state's Medicaid program, will take effect and about 18,000 low-income parents will lose their ins

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's new Retirement Security Program is drawing high praise from advocates for seniors. Some 600,000 Connecticut workers have no employer-sponsored pension or retirement savings plan. According to John Erlingheuser, advocacy director for AARP in Connecticut, the new st

Proposed cuts to the state’s health insurance program would affect about 9,000 Connecticut parents. (James Gathany, Judy Schmidt/piblicdomainimage.com)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Advocates are concerned that Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposed cuts to the state's health insurance program could leave thousands without coverage. The governor wants to eliminate coverage for parents with incomes over 138 percent of the federal poverty level, who have children en

On average, women in Connecticut are paid $10,679 a year less than men. (Cade Martin, Dawn Arlotta/public-domain-image.com)<br />

HARTFORD, Conn. - The gender wage gap is costing women in Connecticut more than $5.5 billion a year, that's one finding of a study released today. April 12 is Equal Pay Day. Nationally, women earn 79 cents for every dollar paid to men, and would have to work more than three months extra to earn th

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