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PNS Daily Newscast - September 19, 2017 


Hurricane Maria now a category five; another GOP attempt to end Obamacare; and the opening day of the U.N. General Assembly met with protests. Details on those stories and more.

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AARP has launched an effort to get all candidates seeking national office to commit to safeguarding Social Security. (LarryHW/iStockphoto)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Reforming entitlement programs is a contentious topic, and most public officials don't want to go near what some call the third rail of U.S. politics. In response, AARP has launched an effort to get all candidates seeking national office to commit to safeguarding Social Secu

The Wyoming House will consider a bill that could help patients avoid expensive nursing homes by offering more training to their family caregivers. (Victor 69/iStockphoto)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The state Legislature's House Health Labor and Social Services Committee advanced a bill Monday night that could help patients avoid expensive nursing homes by giving their family caregivers some basic support. Tim Lockwood, associate state director for communications and advocacy

A new report criticizes Wyoming's policy for solitary confinement of juveniles. markrhiggins/iStock

CHEYENNE, Wy. - Wyoming is one of 10 states that allows indefinite solitary confinement for children in the juvenile-justice system, according to a new report from the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest. Researchers with the pro-bono arm of the law firm Lowenstein and Sandler also found Wyo

PHOTO: According to a new scorecard from AARP, Wyoming is ranked as one of the best states in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - According to a new scorecard released by AARP, Wyoming is one of the best states in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents. The state was graded for affordability and access, quality of care, and choice of setting, among several other catego

PHOTO: AARP Wyoming State Director Tim Summers is applauding the signing of a bill to make it easier for adult legal guardians to care for family members across state lines.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Gov. Matt Mead has signed a bill that might have the longest name of any legislation this year: The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act. Although the bill - SF39 - has a complicated name, said Tim Summers, state director of AARP Wyoming, it aims t

PHOTO: Volunteers working on a home last year for the National Day of Service. Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A dozen houses are being upgraded all at once Saturday in Cheyenne. The entire block will receive weatherization, safety improvements and new landscaping as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance, to mark the September 11 anniversary. Josh Nicholas, executive director

PHOTO: Silica dust by worker conducting sand transfer operations. Photo credit: NIOSH

CASPER, Wyo. - A federal study of the use of silica in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in oil and gas fields found that workers are sometimes overexposed to silica dust, which can lead to silicosis. It's a disease that reduces the lungs' ability to take in oxygen. Silica can also cause lung cance

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A new analysis of Social Security in Wyoming shows that more than 91,000 receive benefits every month, and the average benefit is about $13,000 a year. Joanne Mai, associate director for communications with AARP Wyoming, says her organization's new snapshot shows who depends on the

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