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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2019 


A look at some of the big takeaways from the release of the redacted Mueller report. Also, on our Friday rundown: Iowa recovers from devastating floods and prepares for more. And, scallopers urged to minimize the threat to seagrass.

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Insulin, a critical medicine for people with diabetes, can cost 90 percent less in Canada than in the United States. (Pixabay)

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are considering a measure that would help consumers cut their prescription drug costs by allowing them to buy the same medicine from Canada at prices far below those charged in the U.S. According to AARP, the median annual income for Medicare beneficiaries is $26,

A new plan to prepare for an aging population hopes to harness years of work experience of older Coloradans who want to volunteer or need to remain active in the workforce for financial reasons. (Pixabay)

DENVER – By 2030, one quarter of Colorado's population will be age 60 or older, and a report released this month lays out a road map for navigating this dramatic shift in demographics. Christian Itin, chairman of the state’s Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, says every aspect o

Eighty-six percent of small businesses surveyed support a state retirement plan, in part because it would help them attract and retain workers. (TaxCredits.net/Flickr)

DENVER – Nearly half of private sector workers in Colorado, more than 750,000 people in their prime working years, do not have access to a retirement savings plan at work. The Colorado Secure Savings Plan, a measure expected to be introduced in the state legislature later this month, would a

Seniors are at greater risk of injury shoveling snow, and it is also common for people to experience heart attacks from over-exertion. (FEMA)

DENVER – With some of the coldest air of the season moving though the state, service groups are reminding Coloradans to look out for the elderly – whether they're a loved one, a neighbor or a stranger. Dale Elliott is the division director of aging and nutrition services for the Volunt

In 2015, Medicare Part D beneficiaries spent nearly $27 billion in out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs. (TaxRebate.org.uk)

DENVER — The pharmaceutical industry is making a last-minute push in Congress to roll back mandated discounts for drugs distributed through Medicare Part D, but seniors' advocates are pushing back. Industry groups are lobbying Congress to change a measure passed in February that was designed

Two-thirds of SNAP recipients are children, the elderly and people with disabilities. (Pixabay)

DENVER - The U.S. House Agriculture Committee is expected today to hear a draft Farm Bill that would require millions of people currently caring for children, and those between the ages of 50 and 59, to find a job or lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Katharine Fe

One in four American mothers in states without paid family medical-leave policies returns to work two weeks after giving birth for economic reasons. (Pixabay)

DENVER — Colorado workers, small-business owners and some lawmakers plan to gather on the west steps of the State Capitol today in support of the Colorado FAMLI Act, a bill that would create a worker-financed paid family leave program. Neha Mahajan, state director of the group 9to5 Colorado,

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission would have to approve a privately negotiated deal between utility companies to connect with the Southwest Power Pool based in Arkansas. (Pixabay)

DENVER — Utility companies in Colorado are making plans to join a regional power grid based in Arkansas, and consumer groups are raising red flags. Xcel Energy, Black Hills Energy, the Western Area Power Administration and Colorado Springs Utilities are proposing to hook up with Little Rock-

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