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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2017 


Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate; also on our rundown; A court victory for tribes and environmental groups fighting uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and Seattle appears headed towards a police accountability initiative for 2018.

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The rent-to-own industry says it serves consumers who may not otherwise be able to afford common household appliances. Critics say the industry charges usurious interest rates. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – A Republican legislative proposal would exempt rent-to-own stores from key provisions of the state consumer protection laws. Under current law, rent-to-own companies are required to provide customers with the interest rates they charge for furniture and appliances. The prop

While progress is being made, the Coalition on Human Needs says the Trump administration is poised to slash the programs that help most to reduce poverty. (CHN)

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin is finally seeing poverty rates move downward, according to a new report from the Coalition on Human Needs and 9 to 5 Wisconsin. That's the good news. The bad news, according to the authors of the report, is that the programs that drove sustained economic gains over the

The Wisconsin Legislature is considering a bill that Democrats say would move the state's pioneering Family and Medical Leave Law from the 1950s into the 21st century. (Wisconsin State Legislature)

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin was one of the first states in the nation to adopt a Family and Medical Leave Act, and a state senator says it's time for an update. Sen. Janis Ringhand, D-Evansville, introduced legislation to allow employees to put part of their paycheck into a trust fund, so they could

One recommendation from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Budget Project to reduce income inequality in Wisconsin is to raise the minimum wage. (Bloomberg/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – There is a vast gap between the incomes of the highest earners in Wisconsin and the incomes of typical Wisconsin residents, according to a new report from the Center on Wisconsin Strategy and the Wisconsin Budget Project. In the Badger State, the top 1 percent of earners had

Democrats in Madison say the Foxconn deal needs a full public hearing and a full fiscal analysis. (David Silverman/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. - The proposed Foxconn deal, which would bring the Taiwanese high-tech manufacturer to Wisconsin, involves $3 billion in contributions from the state. The company has said it eventually will create 15,000 good-paying jobs, but many questions about the deal still remain. Assembly Democ

The head of a Wisconsin children's advocacy group says President Donald Trump's budget proposal runs counter to the state's motto. (WI Dept. of Administration)

MADISON, Wis. – Groups that advocate for children are voicing concerns that President Donald Trump's budget proposal slashes funding for nutrition, health care and other programs that help hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites meet basic needs. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin calls the

The authors of a new bill, Wisconsin legislators from both parties, say their goal is to pave the way for returning veterans to succeed. (leekins/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – A brand new piece of legislation, known as the Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017, has just been introduced, seeking to help returning veterans interested in production agriculture get a start. The authors of the bill include two Democrats and two Republicans, who say everyo

A Wisconsin legislator says urban and rural lawmakers should come together to address the state's most persistent health issues. (JamieWilson, iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – While poverty and poor health are factors in both rural and urban Wisconsin, the most recent figures show Milwaukee's poverty rate is 29 percent. State Sen. Lena Taylor, a Milwaukee Democrat, says 23,000 Milwaukeeans live in food deserts, inner city neighborhoods with few fre

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