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    PNS Daily News - March 4, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a U.S. Supreme court case being heard today could impact millions of Americans receiving subsidies through the affordable Care Act; following a months long political battle, congress approves a 40 billion funding package for the Department of Homeland Security; and another study shows the huge economic impact linked to America’s public lands.

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PHOTO: Backers of legislation in Olympia to create new rules for small installment loans say they'd be an alternative to payday lending. Opponents say they'd mean more profit for payday lenders and cost borrowers a lot more. Photo credit: gunnar3000/

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Bills to expand payday lending options in Washington have emerged from House and Senate committees, despite objections from advocates for low-income borrowers, seniors and the Washington attorney general. The bills, HB 1922 and SB 5899, would create a new type of six- to 12-month i ...Read More

PHOTO: Former police officer Tom Hendershot reimagined his life and is now the owner of Antiquities Company, a Grand Rapids-area business specializing in natural history exhibits. Photo courtesy of T. Hendershot.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As many Michiganders round the corner on the second half of their lives, they're not slowing down, but instead taking off in entirely new directions thanks in part to a program from AARP. It's called Life Reimagined, and the goal is to help people over 50 prepare to wri ...Read More

PHOTO: North Dakotans will lose an hour of sleep this weekend as clocks spring forward, but for many this will be just be another day in their regular struggle to get enough rest. Photo credit: reynermedia/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Like food, water and oxygen, sleep is one of the basics for human survival, but for many folks, getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis is little more than a dream. It's estimated that more than a third of adults don't always get the amount of sleep they need to feel ...Read More

PHOTO: Transitioning the family farm or ranch to the next generation can be a contentious time. An expert on successful, and profitable, transitions is offering free workshops in Montana this week. Photo credit: Inspired Images/Pixabay

MISSOULA, Mont. – When it's time to hand down the family farm or ranch to the next generation, it's not always a time of family harmony. An expert on successful transitions is presenting free workshops in Montana this week to help smooth over the rough spots. Andy Junkin says while most fo ...Read More

PHOTO: The Legislature is considering a bill (SB168) that would direct the Governor to appoint eleven members to the task force, charged with looking at financial scams targeting senior citizens. Photo credit: premierco/

PIERRE, S.D. – A bill, setting up an elder abuse task force, proposed by South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson, is rapidly moving though the legislature. The bill (SB168) would direct the governor to appoint 11 members to the task force, charged with looking at financial ...Read More

PHOTO: Surprise medical bills stem from patients going to hospitals that are in-network under their insurance plans, while unaware that some or many of the physicians on staff are out-of-network. Photo credit: Parker Knight/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Legislation at the state Capitol aims to put an end to surprise medical bills, or so-called "balance billing," which has left a growing number of Texans facing a financial crisis while trying to recover from a health crisis for which they thought they were covered. Trey Berndt, a ...Read More

PHOTO: The Indiana House is expected to vote on the CARE Act this week, legislation to better integrate the family caregiver into their loved one's hospital discharge process. Photo credit: Rosie O'Beime/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Family caregivers face a taxing and often complicated job as they navigate the medical needs of a loved one. The Indiana House is expected to vote on a measure this week that could make life a little easier. The CARE Act would help to better integrate a person's caregiver into their ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates say Gov. Dannel Malloy's new budget will double the share cost for caregivers help for at risk seniors. Courtesy AARP/Istockphoto/Alexis Rathis

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel Malloy unveiled his new $40 billion budget on Wednesday, and advocates say it spells bad news for caregivers and the frail Connecticut seniors who need them. Claudio Gualtieri, associate state director of advocacy for AARP Connecticut, says the budget will doubl ...Read More

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