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    PNS Daily News - April 28, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; the State of Emergency continues in Baltimore; questions about the Senate’s Toxic Substances bill and whether it modernizes or weakens protections; plus a look at how Spokane is handling moose on the loose.

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PHOTO: AARP Wyoming is touting passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which the group says will help Medicare physicians, improve quality of care, and allow Wyomingites to keep their doctors. Photo credit: DarkoStojanovic/

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The amount physicians are paid under Medicare is about to change. For more than 10 years, Congress has been debating reimbursement formulas and passing legislation that only provided temporary fixes. But a more permanent solution is on its way to the president's desk. Tim Summers, ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office investigated more than 1,300 identity theft-related complaints in 2014. Law enforcement leaders and AARP Indiana are hosting two fraud prevention forums in May to help residents avoid scams. Photo credit: EP Technology/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – Whether it's identity theft, insurance fraud or home repair scams – consumer watchdogs say con artists often target Indiana residents. In 2014, the state Attorney General’s office received more than 1,300 identity theft related complaints. Marion County Prosecutor ...Read More

PHOTO: Arlington did well when measured by a new online interactive livability index set up by AARP. Photo courtesy of Flicker and Arlington County.

RICHMOND, Va. - A new livability index rates Arlington and four other Virginia communities as good places to "stay healthy, get around and enjoy life." AARP's new interactive online tool compares locations for housing, transportation, neighborhood services, health and the environment. It also consi ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Oregon says the typical family caregiver is a woman in her 60s who works full or part-time and helps her older parent with transportation and chores, and often oversees medications and personal finances. Photo credit: click/

SALEM, Ore. - A new AARP survey of Oregonians ages 45 and older finds most of them are, or one day will be, caregivers for an aging family member. Groups that want the state to acknowledge that, and pitch in to help, converge on the Capitol today. As lawmakers wrestle with budget decisions, the "C ...Read More

PHOTO: An online tool is now live that allows you to compare towns, cities and states using the AARP Livability Index that crunches more than 60 factors. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons - Iracaz

HARTFORD, Conn. - It's one of those vexing questions: How do you know if you are living in the right place? Comparison shopping for towns and cities now is available on the web. It all comes down to "livability" according to Erica Michalowski, associate state director for community outreach with AA ...Read More

PHOTO: People looking for a perfect place to call home need to look no farther than Iowa. Cedar Rapids (pictured above) and Marion have both made the top 10 in the Livability Index for cities their size. The index is from AARP and ranks communities based on categories such as housing, transportation, environment, health and opportunity. Photo credit: Stijn Debrouwere/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Some Iowa communities are being called among the best in the nation for people being able to remain active and engaged, get where they want to go and live comfortably and in good health. The first-of-its-kind Livability Index from AARP has Cedar Rapids as the country's seventh be ...Read More

PHOTO: The quality and companionship that pets can add to the lives of Arizona seniors is the focus of an event this week in the Phoenix area. Photo courtesy of AARP Arizona.

PEORIA, Ariz. - The bonus benefits that man's best friend can add to the life of an older person are being celebrated at an event coming up Thursday and Friday in the Phoenix area. AARP Arizona and the Arizona Humane Society have teamed up to host the Paws for Your Pets Festival. Cynthia Fagyas, co ...Read More

PHOTO: LG&E and KU, sister power companies serving more than a million Kentuckians, have agreed to drop their request for a 67 percent increase to their customers' basic service charge. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Customers of Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will not be hit with a hefty increase in their basic service charge - the monthly fee they pay before even using a watt of electricity. The sister utilities have agreed to drop their request for a 67-percent increase t ...Read More

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