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    PNS Daily Newscast -Friday, February 5th,2016.0 


    Here's what we're covering today: The democratic presidential candidates faced off in a debate in New Hampshire, President Obama is planning to reveal a ten dollar a barrel oil tax, and today is Go Red for Women.

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Gov. Dannel Malloy's budget prioritizes home-care services for seniors, but also gives state agencies the go-ahead to trim some of their programs. (geralt/pixabay.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Despite a looming budget deficit, the Malloy administration has identified home care as a "core service" in Connecticut. Home care allows older people to live in their own homes, often with the support of unpaid family caregivers. Claudio Gualtieri, associate state director for AA ...Read More

Some senior home-care workers could see a 50 percent pay cut by Friday if Illinois' budget impasse continues. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois' longtime budget impasse means hundreds of senior home-care workers could see their paychecks cut in half as soon as Friday. The state owes about $1 million in payments to Family Home Service in Chicago. Since the impasse began in July, FHS office manager Marsha Holmes ...Read More

The Zika virus is prevalent in the areas seen in purple, mostly in the Caribbean basin, Central and South America, and southern Mexico. (CDC)

AUSTIN, Texas - Public health officials in Texas are reporting nine cases of the Zika virus in the state's three largest cities. The Department of State Health Services said Tuesday it has confirmed seven cases in the Houston area and one in San Antonio, all persons who recently traveled to countri ...Read More

The AARP Tax Aide Foundation is offering free tax help at 62 sites across Tennessee starting today. (eFile989/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Starting today, free help is available for Tennesseans to file their federal and state tax returns. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program has sites across the state staffed with IRS certified tax preparers to provide assistance with tax returns. The service is available t ...Read More

According to the American Heart Association, one-in-three women will die of heart disease, about 46 women in Michigan each day. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Michiganders are reminded to keep hearts on their minds as February begins, and not just the Valentine kind. It's American Heart Month, an annual observance to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease, the nation's number one killer. Anna Pitt of Hemlock says she's lucky to be a ...Read More

Advocates hope Florida lawmakers will take into account that the vast majority of older Floridians want to remain in their homes as they age. (Globetrotter/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As lawmakers tackle another year of budgets and bills, advocates for older Floridians want to make sure vital services are preserved and consumer protections for people of all ages are in place. Since the vast majority of older people would prefer to age in place, Jack McRay, AA ...Read More

The average Earned Income Tax Credit refund in 2014 was $2,400, but one in five tax filers aren't aware they're eligible for it. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Not many want to be reminded, but tax day is coming. Those who are getting money back from Uncle Sam this year probably already are getting their papers in order to file so they can get their refunds as early as possible. If you run into trouble, help is available. Lucinda Nord, vice ...Read More

As Granite State voters take stock of candidates like Senator Marco Rubio (l.) a new AARP survey finds 9 in 10 New Hampshire primary voters want to know where the candidates stand on Social Security. (AARP New Hampshire)

CONCORD, N.H. – With less than two weeks to go before the New Hampshire primary, a new survey by AARP finds voters of all ages and party affiliations in the Granite State want some answers from the candidates on Social Security. Todd Fahey, state director of AARP New Hampshire, says the surv ...Read More

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