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PNS Daily Newscast - April 25, 2018 


President Trump loses another round in court on immigrant “dreamers.” Also on today’s rundown: Environmentalists tell New York Gov. Cuomo to match words with action; California lawmakers wear jeans, taking a stand against sexual violence; and Airbnb is called out for “secret tax deals.”

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Public News Service - AR: Consumer Issues

It's time to round up and shred documents such as old tax forms and bank statements, or anything that could be used by a thief to steal your identity. (GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The income-tax filing deadline is next week, and experts warn it's prime time for thieves looking to steal your identity. According to the AARP Fraud Watch Network, someone's identity is stolen every two seconds and can be used to access bank accounts and credit cards or open bo

Arkansas ranks ninth in the nation in the value of grain sorghum produced annually, exporting the majority of it to China. (Arkansas Farm Bureau)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – If President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports start a trade war, Arkansas could take an almost $400 million hit to its economy. Agricultural economists at the University of Arkansas say if the state's major trading partners retaliate with similar impor

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma announce a waiver Monday allowing a work requirement for enrollees in the Arkansas Works health-care program. (YouTube)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas officials say they will soon begin requiring most Medicaid recipients to work, but advocacy groups say it's just another burden on people whose lives are already difficult. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the approval Monday of a federal waiver allowing Arkansas t

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program is available at 20 locations across Arkansas to help prepare tax returns for people who can't afford professional assistance. (eyetoeyepix/GettyImages)

FORT SMITH, Ark. — The income-tax filing deadline is April 17 this year, and if you can't afford professional help with your tax return, free assistance is available. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program offers no-cost services in Arkansas preparing federal and state tax returns. Joe Irw

Experts say low-income working families could be hit the hardest if Arkansas lowers the income requirements for the state's Medicaid program. (Moore/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas health officials are proposing significant cuts to the state's Medicaid program by rolling back the income requirements for eligibility. But some experts say that’s against the rules. The state currently is awaiting an answer from the federal Health and Human Se

The state of Arkansas now mandates that high school students must pass a Financial Literacy course in order to graduate. (Hero/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new report shows that Arkansas is making significant progress in teaching high school students the life skills they will need to handle money. According to a new study by the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, the Natural State has gone from one of the

Former con man Frank Abagnale with the AARP Fraud Watch Network teaches seniors how to avoid being taken by scam artists. (AARP Arkansas)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Internet and telephone scams are on the rise, and a former con man is teaching Arkansans how to avoid them. Frank Abagnale spent much of his youth conning money from doctors, lawyers and businesses, and has spent the last 40 years helping the FBI track down scammers. On Tuesda

Public health experts say the safest way for a baby to sleep is alone, on its back, and in a crib. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Public health officials say far fewer Arkansas children died from unsafe sleeping environments or sudden infant death syndrome in the past year. A new report by the Arkansas Department of Human Services shows that child deaths from suffocation or other injuries while slee

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