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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - NE: Consumer Issues

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 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

Medical experts say family-planning services help women plan for children and avoid unintended pregnancy. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – After weeks of closed-door meetings, Senate Republicans released their legislation last week to repeal Obamacare. GOP leaders claim the plan will stabilize insurance markets, remove mandates and provide flexibility for states. But Janele George, director of federal reproducti

Accessing financial resources and land are among the challenges faced by beginning farmers. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Military veterans in Nebraska who are new to farming, or just interested in finding out about it, have an opportunity this week to see how others have turned their military skills into a career in agriculture. The Answering the Call conference on Thursday in Seward offers an

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

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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