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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: Consumer

The Arkansas Geological Survey says most Arkansans live within the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a fault line that is capable of generating major earthquakes. (vchalup/AdobeStock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – While people in some parts of California are dealing with earthquakes lately, Arkansans may think they are in the clear. But geologists say that's not the case. In fact, large parts of Arkansas fall inside the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a fault line that has produced some

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

Prevent identity theft by shredding documents containing personal information. (Hans/Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It's easy to disregard unsolicited financial offers that show up in your mailbox, but experts say those letters shouldn't simply be tossed out with the trash. Scammers have been known to root through people’s garbage in search of documents with personal information.

Hundreds of homes and other structure are partially or fully submerged in record floodwaters over the past few weeks. (FEMA)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Consumer advocates are warning Arkansans affected by rising waters in parts of the state to beware of scammers selling fake flood insurance. In recent weeks, floodwaters have hit record levels along the Arkansas River and other tributaries following torrential storms upst

A new bill aimed at expanding access to solar energy in Arkansas is expected to create hundreds of new jobs in the solar power industry. (WikimediaCommons)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As a rule, business interests and environmental advocates rarely agree, but a new solar-power access plan in Arkansas may be the exception. Backed by support from conservationists such as the Audubon Society and industry groups such as the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, s

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

Backers say an initiative on the midterm election ballot to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas would benefit the entire state economy. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For the second time in five years, Arkansas voters will get the chance to increase the state's minimum wage on Election Day. Issue 5 on Tuesday's ballot, if approved, would raise the base pay for Arkansas workers from the current $8.50 an hour to $11 an hour by 2021. Jona

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

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