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PNS Daily Newscast - April 8, 2020 


COVID-19 prompts a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, a push for postal banking, and for grocery workers to be treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 


Wisconsin held its primary yesterday in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Public News Service - AR: Health

Arkansas health officials say residents in rural counties don't always have access to healthy food choices, often having to shop in gas stations or convenience stores for their groceries. (Diaz/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Recent studies have found that where you live can have an effect on how long you live, and life expectancy in Arkansas is among the lowest in the country. One study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the average life expectancy in America - which had

Pediatrician Dr. Crystal Little examines an inquisitive patient at one of Mainline Health Systems' 17 centers in southeast Arkansas. (MainlineHealth)<br /><br />

DERMOTT, Ark. – This is National Rural Health Day, and rural health centers in Arkansas and across the country are requesting that Congress stabilize the funding for their programs. Rural health providers say lawmakers have funded rural centers on a month-to-month basis through a continuing

80% of Americans say the costs of medications are unreasonable. (adrian_ilie825/Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The debate over prescription drug prices is heating up in state legislatures and on Capitol Hill, and was even a point of contention in the first debate for the 2020 presidential election. However, the high price of medications is more than just political fodder for many Ar

A new Trump administration program is designed to cut new HIV infections by 75 percent in five years and 90 percent by 2030. (ArkansasRAPPS)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Public-health advocates in Arkansas are still waiting to hear the details of a recently announced federal initiative aimed at ending new HIV infections in the U.S. During his State of the Union address in February, President Donald Trump announced a plan designed to cut n

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

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