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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - WI: Consumer Issues

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

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

Whether they're for or against GMOs, most people want to know if their food contains any genetically modified organisms. (Pacific Press/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – There is as much passion as there is confusion in Wisconsin about GMOs – genetically modified organisms – particularly with the University of Wisconsin working on the cutting edge of GMO research and the huge role of agriculture in the state's economy. To address

Transportation funding is the stumbling block that's delaying passage of a new two-year budget in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Department of Transportation)

MADISON, Wis. – The state budget is now two weeks overdue, mainly because the Republican leadership can't seem to come to terms with its membership and the governor about how to fund the transportation part of the budget. State law says the new two-year budget should have been passed by July

Every two seconds in the United States, there's a patient with a need for blood. The American Red Cross is urging donors to come forward to ease a blood shortage. (Tim Matsui/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – The number of blood donations usually drops off during the summer months, but the American Red Cross has now issued an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors. The organization is encouraging new donors to step up, and requesting that those who haven't donated f

If you get a call from someone identifying themselves as an IRS agent and demanding immediate payment, a Wisconsin consumer expert says hang up, because it's a scam. (Bloomberg/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. - It's the scam that seemingly won't go away, and now Wisconsin authorities are reporting that the latest version of the Internal Revenue Service telephone hoax is starting to go around the state. The updated scam is based on a change in procedure recently made by the IRS, which now h

Increasingly, apartment hunters are looking for a building that provides a smoke-free environment, and are willing to pay more to not deal with secondhand smoke. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – According to the American Lung Association, more than 80 percent of Wisconsinites have a no-smoking policy inside their homes, and increasingly, renters are demanding smoke-free buildings. Next week marks the 7th anniversary of Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Air Law, which was aim

Wisconsin consumer protection experts advise homeowners with storm damage to contact only local, reputable contractors for repairs. (AnadoluAgency/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – The warm weather months in Wisconsin bring storms, flooding, hail and tornadoes, and these powerful storms also bring out the worst in some people. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection advises homeowners with storm damage to deal only with tr

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