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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - AR: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

Volunteering can take as little as 5 minutes to make a difference for the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11. Credit: USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Five minutes or five hours, it all can make a difference on the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11 - this Friday. It's a day for people to volunteer time, resources or talents to a project that means something to them. Lou Tobian, associate state director

The Spirit of Arkansas food drive kicks off Mon., Dec. 2. Poster from Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Organizers expect to bring in more food than ever in this ninth year of the Spirit of Arkansas Food Drive that starts Monday. The first Spirit of Arkansas drive gathered about 8,000 pounds of food for state programs for the needy. But Michelle Shope, director of food sourcing an

Growers' Gift Spaghetti Sauce is made of ingredients gleaned from Arkansas farms, and it's being sold to support gathering produce for the state's hungry. PHOTO from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas farmers and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance are gleaning and cooking to feed the hungry. Gleaning is a practice that dates back to the Bible, in which farmers let people go into the fields after a harvest and gather left-behind food for the poor. There is so much d

The AR AARP wants volunteers for Tax-Aid - the largest free tax assistance program of its kind in the country. PHOTO courtesy of the AARP.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It might not seem very likely, but there actually is a way to get some fun and satisfaction out of filing income taxes: The Arkansas AARP is looking for volunteers to help with their free tax assistance program. According to Mike Rodda, who has been part of the AARP Foundation'

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