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PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 


A bipartisan deal reached to avert U.S. government default. Also on our Tuesday rundown: a new report calculates the high hospital costs for employers. Plus, new legislation could help protect Florida's at-risk wildlife.

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Public News Service - AR: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

More than 23 million Americans live at least 10 miles away from stores that offer fresh food for sale. (Veronica Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Making sure every American has access to healthy, fresh food is the point behind a University of Arkansas study. Arkansas has the highest obesity rate in the nation, and many areas that are considered "food deserts," where people live 10 miles or more from a supermarket that sel

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

Arkansas has the highest rate of senior hunger in the country, according to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than 240,000 Arkansans over age 60 are considered food insecure. That means 40 percent of the state's senior population isn't always sure there'll be enough money to meet their basic needs and buy groceries. Despite programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or "SNAP

One of the biggest challenges for rural medical facilities is recruiting doctors who want the small-town life. Credit: skeeze/pixabay.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Today is National Rural Health Day and in Arkansas, "rural" would describe many of the medical practices across the state. It may seem unlikely at first that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is involved with health care in Arkansas, but David Kirchner, USDA community program

From cafeteria workers to bus drivers, it takes a lot of people to make a successful school experience for Arkansas kids. Credit: AnitaPepper/morguefile.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - This is American Education Week, to honor all the people it takes to provide a quality education to students. Today is "Education Support Professionals Day," a nod to the contributions of school bus drivers, janitors, food-service workers and classroom aides. Arkansas Educatio

A recent survey shows 93 percent of Arkansas citizens age 50 and above would prefer to receive long term care in their home or community, but state Medicaid rules make that difficult. Source: AARP Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Despite popular misconception, family caregivers provide most of the long-term care in Arkansas and the country. Some state Medicaid rules make providing that care difficult. A recent study shows 93 percent of Arkansas citizens age 50 and up say if they needed long-term care, th

The AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program is looking for volunteers. Courtesy photo from AARP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program is looking for volunteers and the folks who do it say it's fun and a great thing to do. Last year the program was at nearly 30 libraries, senior centers and other locations around the state. Hundreds of volunteers helped 27,000 low-and-mod

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