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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: A Republican Senator offers a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

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PHOTO: Centre College, which has hosted two vice presidential debates, including this one in 2012 between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, will be the site of a Kentucky gubernatorial debate Oct. 6. Photo courtesy Centre College.

DANVILLE, Ky. - Centre College has become synonymous with high-profile political debates including Lieberman-Cheney in 2000 and Biden-Ryan in 2012. Now the liberal arts college in Danville has extended invitations to Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee for governor, and his two potential Republican ...Read More

PHOTO: Congress is considering a measure to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. The act supports programs that provide basic necessities such as meals, home-care and help coordinating long-term care. Photo credit: jennie-o/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the Older Americans Act celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, legislation to again reauthorize the act is being considered in Congress. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., among the co-sponsors of the reauthorization measure, Senate Bill 192, said the act supports about one ...Read More

PHOTO: Sandy Simmons of Baptist Health Medical Center presented Frank Gardner with a plaque in recognition of his 16 years of partnership with them in teaching AARP Driver Safety. AARP Arkansas is highlighting Memorial Day Weekend as a good time to consider taking a safety course. Photo courtesy AARP Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Road-trip season officially gets under way this Memorial Day weekend. Summer travel planning is a good time to also brush up on safety tips, and AARP Arkansas offers driver-safety courses. Bob Rogers, AARP Arkansas Driver Safety coordinator, made it clear that there is no judgme ...Read More

PHOTO: Hundreds of families are expected to be impacted by Arizona lawmakers limiting welfare benefits to a one-year lifetime cap, making it the nation's shortest cap. Photo credit: Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - It appears Arizona will have the nation's shortest lifetime cap on welfare benefits after state lawmakers approved action limiting it to one year. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will implement the policy change to the "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) program ...Read More

PHOTO: Critics of SB 1628 say consumers are being squeezed out in a legal fight between the insurance industry and trial lawyers over the payment of claims dealing with hail-damaged roofs and other storm-related losses. Image courtesy of Federal Emergency Management Agency.

AUSTIN, Texas - A bill making its way through the Texas Legislature would eliminate penalties for insurance companies when they're late paying claims. The author of SB 1628, Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), says it would stop what he terms "lawsuit abuse by storm-chasing trial lawyers." Taylor ...Read More

PHOTO: Leisurely retirement isn't in the cards for the 462,000 Washingtonians ages 45 to 64 who have saved less than $25,000 for retirement. A new state plan to allow small business employees to save through at-work payroll deductions should help. Photo credit: Wax115/Morguefile.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington has taken a step toward addressing the retirement savings crisis in the state. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law on Monday to create an online marketplace where small business owners can choose from low-cost retirement plans offered by financial service companies. ...Read More

PHOTO: Local health leaders and educators are gathering in Chicago Tuesday with national experts to examine the ways Illinois is working to improve primary care. Photo credit: Vic/Flickr.

CHICAGO - It's a meeting of the minds over medical care in Illinois as doctors, pharmacists and educators are gathering in Chicago today to highlight community-based interventions that are improving health and enhancing primary care. Board chair of Family Medicine for America's Health, Dr. Glen St ...Read More

PHOTO: The Community Care Program program provides in-home services that allow older Illinoisans to age independently at home, a more economical option than a nursing care facility. The program is facing $140 million in cuts under Governor Bruce Rauner's budget proposal. Photo credit: myfuturedotcom/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An estimated 39,000 Illinoisans could be forced to turn to nursing home care due to cuts proposed in the governor's budget. The plan would slash $140 million to the Community Care Program, which provides in-home care and services that allow older residents to age independently. ...Read More

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