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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 - NE: Civil Rights

The Omaha Tribe, the Santee Sioux Nation, the Ponca Tribe and the Winnebago Tribe are the four federally recognized tribes in Nebraska. (Bill Strain/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Friday is Native American Heritage Day, and November is Native American Heritage Month. The executive director of Humanities Nebraska, Chris Sommerich, hopes the observances help folks to realize there are people who have been living on the Plains for thousands of years, much

An estimated two out of three people in U.S. jails have not been convicted of the charges against them. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska received an "F" for its pretrial justice system in a new report, but there are attempts to improve the process already in the works. The pretrial phase is the period from the accused person's first contact with law enforcement to the resolution of charges through ple

Immigration advocates say DREAMers are in every way Americans apart from the paperwork. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Reports that President Trump will end protections for so-called DREAMers are coming as no surprise to some immigrant advocates. Nebraska is among ten states threatening to sue if Trump does not rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program by September

Nebraska prisons hit

LINCOLN, Neb. – A coalition is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit to end overcrowding in Nebraska prisons. At nearly 160 percent of capacity, civil-liberties advocates say the overcrowding has led to constitutional violations that endanger the health, safety and lives of those who are i

Voter turnout among individuals with disabilities is typically lower than for those who do not have a disability. (justgrimes/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- People with disabilities represent nearly one-sixth of the total electorate in the United States, and during National Disability Voter Registration Week, these folks are encouraged to ensure their voices are heard. Kathy Hoell, executive director at the Nebraska Statewide Independ

Thirty of 49 Nebraska senators are needed to overturn a veto of a voting-rights bill for felons who have completed their sentences. (Nebraska Secretary of State)

LINCOLN, Neb. – About 7,000 people live, work and pay taxes in Nebraska, but aren't eligible to vote in elections. That's because under current law, people with felony convictions must wait two years after completing their sentences before their voting rights are restored. State lawmakers rec

Communities in Kansas and Oklahoma have faced many difficult choices in the years following massive tax cuts. (M. Kuhlman)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Four-day school weeks, reduced Medicaid reimbursements, cuts to programs that help home-bound seniors; those are just some of the tough choices communities in Kansas and Oklahoma have faced in the years following massive tax cuts. And their stories could be cautionary tax tales for

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