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    PNS Weekend Update - January 24, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; The Supreme Court agrees to hear a lethal injection case; we’ll take you Oregon where low-wage workers are rallying this weekend for a raise; and to a state that is pondering whether it should take back some tax exemptions.

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PHOTO: AARP Minnesota State Director Will Phillips (at podium) joined lawmakers to introduce a proposal to eliminate state income taxes on Social Security benefits. Photo credit: Seth Boffeli.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the economy growing stronger and a big budget surplus, tax reform is high on the docket at the State Legislature this session, including a proposal to eliminate income taxes on Social Security benefits. Currently, Minnesota is one of just seven states where Social Security i ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Virginians are worried they don't have enough saved for retirement, and a recent poll found voters strongly in favor of a voluntary commonwealth program of payroll deductions. Graphic by AARP, based on U.S. Census data and polling results.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginians overwhelmingly want the state to set up a voluntary retirement program modeled on 529-style college savings plans. A poll done for AARP Virginia found residents are worried they won't have enough savings to retire. The poll also found three out of four voters favored a vo ...Read More

PHOTO: The recent arctic temperatures in Kentucky were a frigid reminder of what it takes to heat a home. Starting today, lower-income families can apply for crisis home-energy assistance. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The recent arctic blast that sent Kentuckians into a collective shiver arrived just as the window was about to open for low-income families that need help paying their bills to keep the heat on. They can now sign up for crisis home-energy assistance. It's the second phase of ...Read More

PHOTO: Nursing home workers in Washington are asking lawmakers to pass minimum staffing ratios to ensure there are always enough people on duty to meet residents' needs. Photo credit: tepic/FeaturePics.com.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington doesn't have a state law that spells out minimum staffing levels in nursing homes. This legislative session, caregivers in those facilities are trying to change that. Nursing home workers cite three reasons to mandate minimum staff-to-resident ratios - better care for nu ...Read More

PHOTO: You're never too old to learn a new skill, but too many Washingtonians apparently didn't learn soon enough to save for retirement. Only one in four is able to pay for long-term care services from savings. The Legislature is being asked to explore other options for financing care. Photo credit: photoprof/FeaturePics.com.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - It could be a tough sell in a year of such competing issues as education, mental health, and transportation, but advocates for Washington seniors and people with disabilities say 2015 also should be the year that the state does some serious planning for an "age wave" of soon-to-be r ...Read More

PHOTO: Legislation to make it easier for North Dakota's small businesses to establish a retirement savings plan for their workers will be considered in 2015. Photo credit: Tax Credits/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The coming of the New Year is a great time to bring a fresh focus on financial goals, and 2015 could bring a new option for retirement savings to workers across North Dakota. Research shows that people with a 401k or similar savings plan available at work are much more like ...Read More

PHOTO: Consumer advocates warn scam artists are adding a new twist in phone calls to New Hampshire to try to get consumers to give up personal tax identification numbers. Credit: @mlcliff

CONCORD, N.H. – If you think scam artists take time off during the holidays, think again. Local consumer advocates warn that scammers have added a new twist to an ongoing tax ID scam. Norma Boyce, a volunteer fraud fighter with AARP New Hampshire, says the scam involves a one-two punch. ...Read More

PHOTO: MEDS, which stands for My Easy Drug System, is a way to encourage dialogue between a patient and doctor or pharmacist about the medications they're taking and how they feel about them. Photo credit: Chris Thomas.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - If you're spending the holidays with a loved one who takes multiple prescription medications, there's a simple new way they can keep track of what they're taking and why. The My Easy Drug System (MEDS) was designed to prompt conversation between patients and their doctor or pharmac ...Read More

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