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PNS Daily Newscast - March 24, 2017 


On our rundown today: Republican leaders delay the vote on a health-care replacement for Obamacare; legal advice for undocumented immigrants; and one state considers an innovative way to help children with money from a settlement with Volkswagen.

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Public News Service - NM: Livable Wages/Working Families

New Mexico has made progress getting more children insured, but poverty rates remain high, according to a new report. (Kathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SANTE FE, N.M. – Children in New Mexico struggle against endemic poverty, but there are some positive signs, according to the KidsCount 2016 Databook being released today. The report says 141,000 New Mexico children live in poverty. That is 29 percent of kids statewide, a figure that has got

A new report finds low-income New Mexicans need more child-care assistance and job training. (Bing)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Low-income families in New Mexico aren't getting the job training or child-care assistance they need in order to become self-sufficient, according to a new report from the advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children. The report, called "Turning Assistance Into Opportunity

Healthcare providers and advocates for children and low-income families are speaking out against possible cuts to Medicaid.(Pamela Moore/iStockphoto)

SANTE FE, N.M. - Health care providers and advocates for children and low-income families are speaking out against any further cuts to Medicaid in advance of the special session on the budget that Governor Susana Martinez is expected to convene shortly. Legislators are facing a projected shortfall o

A new report says fees and fines imposed in the juvenile-court system often become major setbacks to families who are already financially strapped. (Youth Justice Coalition)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Fines and fees within the juvenile-justice system can be crushing for families, according to a new report. According to the nonprofit Juvenile Law Center, young people who can't pay for alternative programs may do time when a wealthier offender may not. In some states, the report s

Women in New Mexico make only 78 cents for each dollar men earn, and Latino women make just 55 cents.(Steve Debenport/iStock)

SANTA FE, N.M. - As millions across the country noted Equal Pay Day this week, women in New Mexico found very little to celebrate. A new report out this week said the pay gap in New Mexico costs the average employed woman almost $10,000 a year, as she makes just 78 cents per dollar paid to a man, ac

Fewer than half of all Americans are putting as much money into savings as they should, according to the Consumer Federation of America. (mconnors/morguefile)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Saving money in today's economy is hard to do, but the Consumer Federation of America says it will pay off down the road, literally. This is America Saves Week, and the group is challenging families without savings accounts – which means most of them – to start buildin

Critics say New Mexico’s 2017 state budget under-funds programs for children, including schools, social services and health care. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Children's advocates say they are deeply disappointed with the 2017 state budget approved last week by the New Mexico Legislature. Lawmakers passed a $6.2 billion budget that includes no new funding for public schools, Medicaid, child-protective services and other key programs for

The new KIDS COUNT report notes plenty to be cautious about for New Mexico families, including the highest child poverty rate among the 50 states. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Despite gains in other areas, New Mexico children are ranked last among the 50 states for their high poverty rate, according to the annual KIDS COUNT report. The latest data, released today, shows that of the 16 factors cited, New Mexico kids made gains in a few areas, including a

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