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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - WI: Community Issues and Volunteering

A national survey says 14 percent of American households that rely on food banks include a veteran. In Wisconsin, it's 19 percent. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – The most recent Census Bureau estimates for Wisconsin say of more than 6,000 homeless people, at least 500 are veterans. Often, returning veterans face big challenges in acclimating to civilian life, and finding jobs and places to live. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress

Laura Linde, back row center, is one of 87 UW-Madison students serving abroad in the Peace Corps. She teaches science in Nicaragua. (UW-Madison)

MADISON, Wis. – An annual report just released shows that the University of Wisconsin at Madison again leads the way in the number of graduates who volunteer for service in the Peace Corps. There are 87 UW-Madison grads currently volunteering worldwide. Last year UW-Madison was number two in

Grassroots group Blue Jean Nation is challenging the political establishment to change its ways, and encouraging

MADISON, Wis. – We're living in mad times, says the founder of the nonpartisan grassroots group Blue Jean Nation. The group hosts an event in Waupun on Sat., March 4, to help people think aloud about how to respond. Blue Jean Nation founder, Mike McCabe, says in part, March Forth on March Fo

Tuesday's primary election in Wisconsin is likely to draw very sparse turnout, with only one statewide race on the ballot. (vesmil/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – There is only one statewide race on Wisconsin's Spring Primary ballot Tuesday, but scores of municipal races will be narrowed down by voters across the state. The race all Wisconsinites will see on their ballot is the three-way primary for State Superintendent of Public Instr

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

Not all Wisconsin emergency dispatchers are trained in giving CPR instructions over the phone. The American Heart Association says that's a problem. (HHLtDave5/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – When people in Wisconsin call 911 with an emergency, they could get a dispatcher who is highly trained in providing detailed medical help over the phone – or someone who has virtually no such training. Wisconsin has no minimum training standards for dispatchers, and the

Tours of farming operations are one popular aspect of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, which gets underway today in Lake Geneva, WI. (wifarmtechnologydays.com)

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. - Tens of thousands of people will make their way to Snudden Farms in Lake Geneva for the annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, which starts its three-day run today. The event dates back to the 1950s, featuring exhibits and demonstrations of the latest developments in agricultural

Wisconsin is a national leader in production of organic vegetables, and the state's heritage of family-owned farms fits perfectly with the growth of organic ag. (UW Extension)

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. - In addition to leading the nation in the number of organic dairy and beef farms, Wisconsin is second in total number of organic farms, and ranks first in number of farms raising organic hogs, pigs, layer chickens, and turkeys. The Badger state is also first in organic corn, o

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