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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - CT: Senior

Scammers always are looking for new ways to trick people into giving them credit card or Social Security information. (sepy/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A leading expert on fraud schemes and how to protect yourself from them is visiting Connecticut this week. Fraud and identity theft are booming businesses. This Thursday, AARP, in collaboration with the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, is hosting

The average older American takes 4.5 prescription drugs per month.  (Burlingham/AdobeStock)

HARTFORD, Ct. — "Stop the greed and cut drug prices now." That's the messages seniors want state legislators to hear. AARP Connecticut hosted an interactive Telephone Town Hall meeting late last week to discuss high prescription drug prices with the co-chairs of the General Assembly's Insura

There are 13,000 manufacturing jobs available in Connecticut. (Pexels/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Manufacturing is booming in Connecticut and retirees with experience in a variety of fields are needed to become teachers or mentors for the students who will fill those jobs. The growth of manufacturing jobs in the state is not only fueling demand for trained workers. Ther

Voters 50 and older are the most powerful and reliavle voting bloc in Connecticut. (silviarita/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Retirement security and support for family caregivers are top issues for one of Connecticut's largest and most reliable voting blocs, voters 50 and older. A survey conducted for AARP Research found that more than three-quarters of older voters want state legislators to wor

Medicaid covers 70 percent of nursing home residents in Connecticut. (agilemktg1/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Medicaid plays an important role in Connecticut's economy, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The policy brief points out that HUSKY, Connecticut's Medicaid program, provides health insurance to 1 in 5 state residents,

AARP Community Challenge grants can help create public spaces, enhance mobility options and more. (pxhere)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Small projects to help create more livable communities across Connecticut could get a boost from a new grant program. AARP Connecticut has expanded on a national Community Challenge program by launching an initiative to help local leaders complete creative ideas to improve their c

New Milford will be getting new park benches and game-top tables on its walking path, with funds from an AARP grant. (Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The towns of Hebron, New Milford and Stafford have just received grants from the 2018 AARP Challenge to beautify their public spaces and make their areas more livable. Nationwide, 127 communities will divvy up $1.3 million in grant money. The program, in its second year, re

Older people can be more vulnerable to excessive heat and dehydration. (Joenomias/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. - When the temperatures are high, cooling centers can be real lifelines. Hot summer days can be dangerous for senior citizens and people with heart or respiratory diseases, diabetes or dementia. Some medications can accelerate dehydration in hot weather. When temperatures rise, said

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