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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2020 


Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 


Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Public News Service - AR: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

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

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