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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - ND: Welfare Reform

The Trump administration and the U.S. House have proposed massive cuts to Medicaid. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – This weekend marks the 52nd anniversary of the Medicaid program, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965. Medicaid provides insurance for children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, seniors and low-income adults, and 114,000 North Dakotans curren

North Dakota farmers and ranchers are worried cuts to food stamps could endanger the nutrition title in next year's farm bill. (Samir Luther/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Farmers and ranchers in North Dakota are speaking out against the Trump administration's proposed cuts to food assistance. A quarter of the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) budget would be slashed over the next decade if members of Congress follow the

About 4.7 percent of doctors in North Dakota are part of the H-1B visa program, the highest rate in the country. (sasint/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Medical professionals in North Dakota are facing pressure from all sides, feeling the pains of a growing shortage of doctors and potential changes to a visa program that helps supply doctors and wondering what will happen to health insurance at the federal level. President D

North Dakota advocates are urging Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton to make Social Security reform a top priority. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- As the Republican National Convention winds down and the Democrats prepare for theirs, North Dakota advocacy groups are pushing for more details on the presidential candidates' plans for Social Security. With more baby boomers reaching retirement age, the system faces growing sol

A four-year plan to provide job training for hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors is under review. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today is the final day for public comments on a four-year plan to continue bringing part-time jobs and training to hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors. The federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is intended to help about 300 North Dakotans who ar

According to AARP, every presidential hopeful except Donald Trump has made public at least a few ideas to protect Social Security. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - As North Dakota voters head to the state political conventions this weekend, advocates for the state's aging population are urging the presidential hopefuls to make Social Security updates a priority. If no action is taken, according to AARP North Dakota, Social Security benefits co

The Corporation for Enterprise Development is asking Congress to boost funding for free tax services to help millions of low-income tax filers. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - Anti-poverty advocates are urging Congress to renew a free national tax-preparation service, which the advocates say helps millions of low-income taxpayers, including thousands in North Dakota. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA, has been around for 45 years. The

Child-welfare experts are in Mandan for the 15th Indian Child Welfare and Wellness Conference. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - Hundreds of child-protection workers, teachers and foster parents are expected to be at today's kick off for North Dakota's 15th annual Indian Child Welfare and Wellness Conference. The idea behind the meeting in Mandan is to help Native American families and communities provide be

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