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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Public News Service - WI: Consumer Issues

Helping Wisconsin farmers analyze their finances and making operational recommendations are some of the things the Wisconsin Agriculture Department's Farm Center can do to help farmers succeed. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Even in the best of times, running a successful farming operation is more complicated and demanding than most people realize. It's a tough time for farmers now, and that's why the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture are sponsoring a m

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 neighboring states, all of which opted for full Medicaid expansion, are doing better in getting people health insurance than the Badger State is. (University of Omaha)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin has seen mixed results from a four-year experiment of partially expanding Medicaid, which in Wisconsin is called BadgerCare. According to a report from Kids Forward, the partial-expansion experiment has put a huge dent in the number of uninsured state residents. Jo

Information from the agriculture census is used by rural communities in Wisconsin for infrastructure spending, road planning, even hospital siting. The census is taken every five years. (UW Extension)

MADISON, Wis. – Every five years, a complete count of America's farms and ranches is taken, and the new questionnaire is in the mail this month. Data regarding land use and ownership, production practices and more is collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Census of

The popular employee mileage deduction is one of the many deductions eliminated in 2018 as part of the tax changes passed in Congress. (midlibrary.org)

MADISON, Wis. – The sweeping tax law changes just passed by Congress will affect everyone's taxes in one way or another. According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, eight in 10 Americans will pay lower taxes next year, but a large majority of Americans believe the tax bill

Consumer fraud happens year-round, not just during the holidays. AARP has a website to help educate consumers on avoiding frauds and scams. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – The thieves, crooks and scamsters who prey on consumers don't take a holiday. They run their ploys every day, trying to get your personal identity or your money. One of the biggest mistakes consumers make is sending sensitive information over unsecured, public Wi-Fi, accord

Some Wisconsin legislators say ending net neutrality would compromise Internet service for rural residents, who already are hampered by slow broadband speed. (UW Extension)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Protests are scheduled Thursday in Madison and cities all across the nation to demonstrate public support for net neutrality. At issue is whether the Internet should be regulated like a public utility, with equal access for all content providers. The Federal Communica

Winter presents a special set of driving challenges, and experts say this is the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for what's ahead. (AARP)

MADISON, Wis. – Although the first sub-zero frigid blast has yet to hit Wisconsin, we all know that sooner or later it's coming. That's why auto experts say the best time to make sure your vehicle is ready for cold temperatures and snow is now. Wintry weather takes a real toll on vehicles,

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