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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2019 


Could the nation’s airports be the next pressure points in the government shutdown? Also on our Monday rundown: Calls go out to improve food safety; and a new report renews calls for solutions to Detroit’s water woes.

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Public News Service - AR: Health Issues

A new report shows that fewer children are signed up for health coverage in Arkansas and across the country. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After a decade of steady improvement, the number of children with health insurance is dropping, in Arkansas and across the nation. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that nationwide, the number of kids without health coverage

AARP and the U.S. Postal Service are teaming up for Operation Protect Veterans, to warn those who have served about current schemes and scams. (Ed Schipul/Flickr)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Those who have helped protect America through their military service, now may need some protection of their own. Military veterans are more often victimized by fraud than non-veterans, according to Charles Wagener, volunteer state president of AARP in Arkansas. He says

Instead of standard Medicare Parts A and B, seniors can opt for so-called Advantage Plans, which can cut the cost of co-pays and deductibles. (Medicare.com)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — If you are eligible for Medicare coverage or soon will be, choices you make in the next few weeks may determine how much you pay for health care next year. Medicare's open-enrollment period is now open and runs through December 7. It's an opportunity for about 500,000 Ark

Child-safety experts advise always checking the back seat, regardless of whether your child is supposed to be with you, to avoid accidentally forgetting them in the car. (Twenty20)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Temperatures will top 90 degrees in much of Arkansas this week, and with that comes the concern of children being left in cars. Last year, 43 children died of heat stroke after being left in a hot car, including an Arkansas child who was left in a day-care van. This month

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law banning morning-after pills in Arkansas earlier this year. (Geoff Livingston/Flickr)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A federal judge who previously prevented Arkansas from blocking Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood on Tuesday said she won't issue a new ruling requiring the state to resume the funding. At the same time, national groups have launched a new partnership to ensure that l

Experts say finding unused prescription drugs at a friend or relativesí house can turn curiosity into a deadly addiction. (stevepb/Pixabay) <br /><br />

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day, and across Arkansas, there will be hundreds of locations to drop off expired or unused medications. Officials say keeping prescription drugs indefinitely in a medicine cabinet can be an invitation to abuse, and improperly disposing

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

A Child Trends report finds that problems at homes are among the most common adverse events experienced by children. (TetraImages/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new report shows that a larger portion of kids in Arkansas experience adverse childhood events than in any other state. The report, released this week by the advocacy group Child Trends, finds that children who experience economic hardship, domestic violence or the loss o

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