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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - NE: Rural/Farming

Nebraska lawmakers have competing bills in front of them as they work to bring property-tax relief to land and homeowners. (Dawn in Nebraska/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – As they work to determine the best way to bring property-tax relief to Nebraskans, state lawmakers are debating a bill this week backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Legislative Bill 947 would create a refundable tax credit for agricultural and homeowner property taxes that would gr

There are about 133,000 military veterans in Nebraska. (William Garrett/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's rural lands offer abundant opportunities for farming and ranching, and also are home to nearly half of the state's 133,000 military veterans. This combination makes agriculture a great fit for young men and women returning home from service. Veterans interested in

The Santee Sioux tribe in Nebraska is creating community gardens and other access points for local foods. (CFRA)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Imagine having to travel 100 miles in order to get fresh, affordable food to your family's dinner table. That's life for a majority of Nebraska's Santee Sioux, as the nearest full service grocery store is an hour away. A report from the Center for Rural Affairs examines this

In Nebraska, 500 million bushels of grain a year are needed for ethanol production. (United Soybean Board/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Some Nebraska farmers are voicing concerns about a White House nominee's position on renewable energy. A vote is expected Wednesday on President Donald Trump's pick to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Kathleen Hartnett White is a former conservative thin

Agricultural landowners in Nebraska saw annual property tax hikes of nearly 11 percent between 2005 and 2014. (Hernan Vargas/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – With the state unicameral legislature out of session until 2018, policy advocates are using the downtime to drum up conversations about imbalances in the state's tax system, particularly agricultural property taxes. Jordan Rasmussen, a policy associate with the Center for Rur

More than 450 Nebraska schools source fresh food from local growers and producers through Farm to School programs. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

LINCOLN, Neb. – New legislation would boost a program that connects more than 188,000 Nebraska students to local farmers. The Farm to School Act of 2017, introduced by Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, would expand the existing U.S. Depart

Researchers say conservation provisions in the Farm Bill have helped stabilize some grassland bird populations, including the western meadowlark. (bwinesett/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – While the Farm Bill is crucial policy for agriculture, it's also quite literally for the birds. The "State of the Birds 2017" report from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative says farm bill conservation programs are helping farmers and ranchers keep their land prod

The Nebraska Farm Bureau has asked the U.S. Trade Representative's office to focus on maintaining the growth in agricultural trade in the NAFTA talks. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Don't underestimate the value of NAFTA - that's the message some Nebraska farm leaders are sending as lawmakers prepare to renegotiate the trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement is more than 20 years old, and Nebraska Farm Bureau President

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