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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

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One of Washington's first same-sex marriages after the passage of the Washington State Marriage Equality Act in 2012. (Seattle Municipal Archives)

TACOMA, Wash. — Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages. Since then, the number of gay and lesbian couples living together and married has gone up from 38 percent to 49 percent, according to a ...Read More

AARP's volunteer tax aide program helped more than 87,000 people file their taxes. (pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Tax aide volunteers helped Oregonians get back nearly $56 million in returns this year. That's according to AARP, which provided volunteers and resources to help more than 87,000 seniors and people with low incomes file their taxes. Bob Bruce, Oregon state coordinator for AARP's tax ...Read More

Xcel Energy's plan for a sixth rate hike in Minnesota in 10 years is now open for public comment. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Minnesota's largest energy supplier seeks another rate increase, one group says the move may be too expensive for some customers. The Minnesota Public Utility Commission is now considering the sixth rate hike request from Xcel Energy in 10 years. AARP Minnesota says fo ...Read More

A new analysis shows long-term care for Washington's aging population could cost $6.3 billion by 2030. (Pixabay)

Olympia, WA - A report released today (Monday) outlines some of the roadblocks Washington state faces for funding long-term care for its growing number of older residents. It coincides with a rally at the state Capitol, where speakers will discuss options for funding senior services in the future. C ...Read More

Case managers and home-care services help seniors live independently longer. (Sigismund von Dobschütz/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – New York City's new budget cuts funding for services critical to seniors. Despite an overall $400 million increase in spending, the 2017 budget approved by the City Council on Tuesday cuts senior home care services by $2.2 million, or about 50 percent, and senior case management b ...Read More

This is World Elder Abuse Awareness Da,y and scams targeting seniors are among the problems getting attention in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – This is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and in Kentucky, the state attorney general says the only way to truly address the problem is as a community. Andy Beshear says the abuse faced by seniors comes in a variety of forms. "They deserve to age in dignity, free from physic ...Read More

Experts say where you use an ATM can make a big difference when it comes to avoiding ATM skimming fraud. (Mike Clifford)

CONCORD, N.H. – AARP and state officials are alerting Granite Staters to an increase in card skimming devices that fraudsters use to steal personal information from the magnetic strip on credit or debit cards. James Boffetti, chief of the New Hampshire Department of Justice’s Consumer ...Read More

Consumer protection experts will be helping South Dakotans avoid internet scams through a series of free statewide educational meetings this summer. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - School may be out for summer, but starting this week older South Dakotans are being encouraged to continue their education on frauds and scams. The state's AARP is hosting nine Fraud Watch Network meetings across the state through August. The idea is to help South Dakotans better p ...Read More

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