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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - MD: Poverty Issues

The USDA's Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program provides grants to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations to create incentives for food stamp recipients to shop at farmers' markets and other fresh food outlets. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – There's more to be thankful for at farmers' markets this holiday season. In addition to making fresh, locally grown produce available to customers, farmers' markets are expanding and boosting programs to make healthy food options available to low-income individuals. Known fo

Maryland has capped payday loans at 33 percent but other states have not put limits in place. (consumerfinance.gov)

BALTIMORE — While consumer rights groups are celebrating last week's decision by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to stop payday debt traps, they say there's still more work to be done. The new rules require payday lenders to start verifying a borrower's ability to repay the loan bef

PTAs raise millions of dollars for schools around the nation, but a new report says most of the money benefits children in more affluent neighborhoods. (Victoria Jordan)

BALTIMORE – A new report looks at how much money is being raised by Parent Teacher Associations across the country, and reveals that schools in wealthy districts benefit the most. The Center for American Progress (CAP) examined the top 50 PTAs in the nation, which raised $43 million in the 2

Maryland watchdog groups say health insurance affordability and accessibility would be compromised under the American Health Care Act proposed by U.S. House Republicans. (V. Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – On the heels of a report by the Congressional Budget Office that estimates the American Health Care Act would mean 24 million people would lose their health insurance, opponents of the plan in Maryland say they're gearing up for what could be a long battle. Vincent DiMarco,

The band

POTOMAC, Md. -- It may sound like a strange combination, but a rock band is mixing music and a message about financial literacy aimed at kids. The band Gooding will perform a couple of shows in Maryland in September before traveling to Washington, D.C., Delaware and Pennsylvania as part of a natio

Long before Election Day, people can also make their voices heard by being campaign workers for the candidates of their choice. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

BALTIMORE – As the November election draws closer, advocates for working families across the nation are trying to get the word out about how much each individual vote counts. In Maryland, volunteers are going door to door, talking about some of the issues on the ballot and the candidates who

Many parents and guardians don't know where children can get free summer meals. (Christine Marie Fletcher)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - About a quarter of a million children in Maryland rely on free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch programs during the school year. but when summer rolls around, many of these children go hungry, according to the anti-hunger group Hunger Free America. Meals and snacks are

Nine of 10 Hispanic adults in Prince George's County don't have health insurance. (La Clinica del Pueblo)

HYATTSVILLE, Md. - Maryland's Hispanic community has grown to about 10 percent of the total population, and many don't have health insurance. A collaborative effort is under way in Maryland to provide health care to those who can't afford it. The focus is on Prince George's County, which has the

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