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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - IL: Poverty Issues

A new campaign called 'Enough is Enough' is under way in Illinois to get lawmakers to pass a balanced budget. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois' budget stalemate is more than two years old now and it's not sitting well with state residents. Illinois is projected to spend $13 billion more than it will collect in taxes this year, and Ryan Gruenenfelder, the manager of advocacy and outreach for AARP Illinoi

Young people in urban areas say things they're afraid of include police interactions, community violence and lack of food. (Tatiyana Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A study done by youth researchers cites fear as a major barrier to wellness for students of color. Youth of color represent the fastest growing segment of the United States' child population, and, according to America's Promise Alliance, fear and less access to opportuniti

Six in ten Illinois residents say they would leave the state if a retirement tax is put in place. (Ruby Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Now that the election is over, Illinois lawmakers are expected to shift their focus back to the huge budget deficit that's been plaguing the state. The topic could be on the agenda for this month's veto session, and may also be an issue during the lame-duck session which st

One in five children in Illinois is food insecure. (usda)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – One in nine households in Illinois struggles to put food on the table every day, and 1 in 5 children is hungry on a consistent basis. The anti-hunger group Bread for the World says it will push the new Trump administration to find a solution. The Rev. David Beckmann, Br

Illinois' uninsured rate for children has dropped 40 percent in two years, according to a new report. (samsha.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The United States has reached a milestone when it comes to making sure that all children have health insurance, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. It shows 95 percent of the nation's children are covered and Illinois is

Changes to Medicare Part B are scheduled to take place this fall. (V. Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Changes to the Medicare Part B program, called the Medicare Part B Drug Demo, are designed to lower the expenses connected with chemotherapy by cutting prescription drug costs and encouraging physicians to use cheaper alternatives. Dr. Blase Polite, chairman of the Americ

Advocates say there's no reason the presidential candidates shouldn't be talking about hunger and poverty as they try to win the White House. (usda.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The presidential candidates in two formal debates and on the campaign trial have talked about jobs and the economy, immigration and keeping America secure, but advocates say the candidates aren't discussing what they'll do to end hunger and poverty in this country. Eric M

Advocates say some long-term relationships between caregivers and home-bound residents are threatened because of the state's effort to cut overtime hours. (Virginia Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) holds a public hearing today about overtime rules for the Home Services Program. It's a state program that sends home-care assistants to help people with severe disabilities. In May, the state put new rules into place limitin

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