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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - AR: Family/Father Issues

12,000 Arkansas able bodies adults will be cut off from the federal food stamp program on April 1st, and food pantries say they aren't ready. (dhhs.ne.gov)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The state estimates about 12,000 unemployed Arkansas residents will lose their food assistance benefits on April 1 because of reinstated work requirements. Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will now be limited to three months for able-bodi

The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign has been adopted by some Arkansas high school students who hope their peers will learn to be more sensitive about people with intellectual disabilities. (Ron Brown)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - There are words in the English language that people have managed to get rid of over time, or replace with better alternatives, but there's still one that persists. The word is "retarded" and when used to describe someone, it's offensive. During March, National Disabilities Aw

One third of American's don't get at least seven hours of sleep each night, and the CDC says that's an unhealthy habit. (Kiyana Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As a nation we are not getting enough sleep. That's the conclusion of a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It took a look at sleep patterns on a state-by-state basis, and found those in the southeastern United States and in the Appalachian Mountain re

Walk Across Arkansas is an eight-week program to encourage people to get more exercise. It's sponsored by the University of Arkansas in order to reduce the state's high obesity rate. (Kevin Patrick Allen)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansans are being urged to lace up their shoes for the next eight weeks. Walk Across Arkansas has begun, with the goal of getting more people in shape and interested in exercising. LaVona Traywick, health and aging specialist with the University of Arkansas, says participants

One group is demanding that presidential candidates make their positions on preserving Social Security known before the March 1 primary election. (AARP Arkansas)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Presidential candidates will soon be campaigning in Arkansas prior to the March 1 primary election. AARP Arkansas has launched an accountability campaign called Take A Stand, demanding the candidates present their plans on how to update Social Security for future generations. C

The Iowa caucuses could be a prelude to a pivotal election.  (morguefile/jppi)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Our neighbors to the north in Iowa will attend partisan precinct caucuses today, the first real step in the presidential nominating process. It's a race that includes two candidates with Arkansas roots, Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee, but beyond the personalities, it could be

Arkansas' uninsured rate for Hispanic children is comparable to the national average, but double the rate for children overall in the state. (Octavio Lopez/morguefile)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas could be doing a better job of reaching out to Latino families to get health insurance for their kids. That's one finding in a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Arkansas' uninsured rate for Hispanic children is 11 percent, comp

AARP Arkansas warns consumers to beware of holiday scammers, and to ask questions about any charity they support. (AARP Arkansas)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Nearly two-thirds of Arkansas consumers in an AARP survey failed a quiz about how to stay safe from common holiday scams. Lou Tobian, director of outreach and education with AARP Arkansas, says most people need to be more diligent, especially at this time of year. "Holiday frau

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