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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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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

AARP opposes a bill that would allow insurance companies to charge older workers much higher premiums. (monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Under the new Republican healthcare plan, insurance companies would be allowed to charge older workers much more than younger workers, a move that AARP Wisconsin calls an "age tax." This provision in the GOP proposal comes from legislation, House Resolution 708, that AARP cha

Local governments wouldn't be allowed to use Project Labor Agreements, which mean hiring local union workers, if controversial legislation passes in Wisconsin. (monkeybusinessimages/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Until a week or so ago, many in Wisconsin probably didn't know what PLA stands for, but fast-tracked legislation about PLAs – Project Labor Agreements – has put this form of bidding for construction projects in the state spotlight. PLAs are part of the bidding pro

A new report shows Wisconsin lagging far behind in hiring teachers of color. (shironosov/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Between 2005 and 2014, spending by Wisconsin school districts declined by 5.4 percent per student, while the national average showed an increase of 4.2 percent over the same period. And Tamarine Cornelius, who authored a report for the Wisconsin Budget Project, says the state

The AARP Fountation's Tax-Aide Program offers free help in filling out tax forms. (ayo888/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Each year, tens of thousands of Wisconsin senior citizens take advantage of the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program, which offers free assistance to those who may not be able to afford the services of a professional tax preparer. The program is targeted to the needs of retired

Repealing without replacing the Affordable Care Act would be catastrophic, according to many experts. (zimmytws/iStockPhoto)

MILWAUKEE – Rallies in defense of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are planned across the nation this Sunday, January 15th, with a goal of trying to make sure Congress does not repeal the ACA without having a carefully thought-out replacement plan ready to go. Kevin Kane, organizing director of

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could drastically affect health care for children in Wisconsin. (Dangubic/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Spurred by campaign promises made by President-Elect Donald Trump, Republican leaders in Congress are demanding a speedy repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Advocates for Children and Families are asking that legislators slow down and develop a complete replacement plan fi

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