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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 - NE: Budget Policy & Priorities

More than 84,000 Nebraskans signed up for federal Health Insurance Marketplace coverage in 2017. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Open enrollment for the federal Health Insurance Marketplace begins in just three weeks – on Nov. 1 – and Nebraskans looking for health coverage are encouraged to prepare now. The enrollment period for 2018 plans is just 45 days, down from 90 days last year. The

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 share of total property tax paid on agricultural land in Nebraska increased from more than 18 percent in 2005 to nearly 30 percent in 2014. (Bradly Gordon/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Calls for property tax relief have dominated budget talks in Nebraska this year, and a new report examines how the tax burden has shifted more heavily onto agricultural property. According to research from the Center for Rural Affairs, from 2005 to 2014, property tax collections a

Language in Nebraska's state budget bill could mean restricting health care access for at least 14,000 women. (Daniel Lobo/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's budget debate enters round two this week amid a controversy over what some say is a sly attempt to reduce access to health services for low income women. The budget bill, LB 327, advanced last week with language that would change the way health care providers qualify to

Budget clouds on the horizon? Nebraska's long-term fiscal health could be at stake as state budget talks begin. (Carl Wycoff/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's Unicameral begins the first round of budget debates Monday, with the arduous task of addressing an estimated $900 million revenue shortfall. As a past member of the Appropriations Committee, former Sen. Danielle Conrad understands the gravity of the situation. But she s

Will Nebraska school children pay the price in the state's budget negotiations? (kakisky/Morguefile)

This is the fifth in a series of reports that examines Nebraska’s budget priorities: who stands to benefit and who could lose out? LINCOLN, Neb. – Schools and educators in Nebraska are troubled by tax cut talk as budget negotiations continue at the state house. Over the past several y

A property tax relief proposal would adjust the way farmland and ranchland are valued for tax purposes. (Mikael Wiman/Flickr)

This is the fourth in a series of reports that examines Nebraska’s budget priorities: who stands to benefit and who could lose out? LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska lawmakers have a full plate as they hammer out a state budget and a new tax package. A major issue is how to provide relief to t

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