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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - WI: Consumer Issues

Consumer fraud happens year-round, not just during the holidays. AARP has a website to help educate consumers on avoiding frauds and scams. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – The thieves, crooks and scamsters who prey on consumers don't take a holiday. They run their ploys every day, trying to get your personal identity or your money. One of the biggest mistakes consumers make is sending sensitive information over unsecured, public Wi-Fi, accord

Some Wisconsin legislators say ending net neutrality would compromise Internet service for rural residents, who already are hampered by slow broadband speed. (UW Extension)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Protests are scheduled Thursday in Madison and cities all across the nation to demonstrate public support for net neutrality. At issue is whether the Internet should be regulated like a public utility, with equal access for all content providers. The Federal Communica

Winter presents a special set of driving challenges, and experts say this is the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for what's ahead. (AARP)

MADISON, Wis. – Although the first sub-zero frigid blast has yet to hit Wisconsin, we all know that sooner or later it's coming. That's why auto experts say the best time to make sure your vehicle is ready for cold temperatures and snow is now. Wintry weather takes a real toll on vehicles,

The holiday season can bring happiness, joy and stress, but experts say there are many ways to reduce the stressful aspects. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – With family gatherings, shopping and holiday parties, this can be a very joyful season. But the holidays often include a lot of stress, which can put a damper on the joyful parts. Some of the stress is unnecessarily self-inflicted, says Christine Whelan, a clinical professo

The rent-to-own industry says it serves consumers who may not otherwise be able to afford common household appliances. Critics say the industry charges usurious interest rates. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – A Republican legislative proposal would exempt rent-to-own stores from key provisions of the state consumer protection laws. Under current law, rent-to-own companies are required to provide customers with the interest rates they charge for furniture and appliances. The prop

Holiday shoppers should arm themselves with information about the latest scams, according to the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Holiday shopping begins in earnest Thursday, and there are plenty of scams aimed at consumers. Many of them have been around for years, but still claim victims. Newspapers and flyers full of holiday ads will be out through the Thanksgiving weekend. Michelle Reinen, direct

Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in the deer herd in 24 Wisconsin counties. The disease is progressive and always fatal. (WI DNR)

MADISON, Wis. – With the nine-day gun deer hunt now under way in Wisconsin, it's expected half a million hunters will take to the woods. If recent trends continue, nearly 100,000 of these hunters will take a deer. Several state agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources and th

After medical treatment, in many cases unpaid caregivers perform follow-up care for family members, such as giving injections and managing medication doses. (CDC)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a way to help more than a 500,000 Wisconsinites who give their own time and money to act as caregivers for their loved ones. AARP Wisconsin is backing a bill to reimburse family caregivers up to $1,000 through a state income tax credit for

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