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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Wisconsin's Senate minority leader says the state needs to make bigger investments in infrastructure, specifically broadband Internet, to help rural communities grow. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin families are working harder than ever, but finding it more difficult than ever to move forward, according to Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling. The La Crosse Democrat says Wisconsin does better when all of the state's families do better, and advocat

Wisconsin's annual ceremony to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. is the oldest state celebration in the nation. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – With speeches, music, and awards, Wisconsin's official state observation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will begin at noon in the Capitol rotunda in Madison. This year's theme is "Do You Remember," featuring remarks from Milwaukee native Muhibb Dyer, who founded an org

A bipartisan bill would require Wisconsin school districts to develop and implement policies to promote healthy relationships between teens. (David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Reliable estimates are that a third of teens in the U.S. will be subjected to physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner before leaving high school. Wisconsin is not immune, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers sponsoring legislation to address the prob

The Supreme Court will decide this spring whether or not political boundary maps were drawn fairly in Wisconsin and Maryland, with implications for many other states. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. -- A Supreme Court decision expected this spring will likely impact the way every state draws its political boundaries. The case, Gill v. Whitford, is concerned with the way Wisconsin Republicans drew the state's political map in 2011. The process of drawing the maps, done by outside

Wisconsin's adult prison system is so far over capacity that cells are now being double and triple-filled. A state legislator says this is causing huge problems and is suggesting big changes. (Wikimedia Commons)

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin sends more people to prison than any neighboring state and twice as many as Minnesota. The cost of keeping one person in prison in Wisconsin for one year, according to the state Department of Corrections, is close to $30,000. Wisconsin's adult prison system is designe

Setting clear expectations about what kind of behavior is not acceptable at a holiday party can go a long way toward minimizing bad outcomes. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Holiday parties can be fun, but they can also create an environment for bad judgment. With the ongoing revelations about high profile careers being derailed or ended by charges of sexual harassment, it's wise to plan your holiday party carefully, whether you're hosting or att

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

After medical treatment, in many cases unpaid caregivers perform follow-up care for family members, such as giving injections and managing medication doses. (CDC)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a way to help more than a 500,000 Wisconsinites who give their own time and money to act as caregivers for their loved ones. AARP Wisconsin is backing a bill to reimburse family caregivers up to $1,000 through a state income tax credit for

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