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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 - CT: Consumer

COVID-19 response stimulus checks will come automatically, either by mail or direct-deposit to a bank account. No one will need to apply for them. (Noderog/iStockphoto)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Better Business Bureau warns that scammers are already trying to take advantage of out-of-work Americans, desperate for the federal stimulus checks that are reportedly coming in the next few weeks as part of COVID-19 relief. Authorities are seeing an uptick in reports of fra

AARP Connecticut is advocating adding video monitoring capability for all nursing-home residents, not only for their protection, but to increase communication options with kin during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Campobello Island/Creative Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Connecticut General Assembly is expected to focus most of the remaining session on emergency responses to the new coronavirus pandemic - which may include increasing video monitoring in nursing homes. House Bill 5444 specifically calls for installing video monitoring devices

The U.S. Census Bureau only will invite people to participate in the 2020 census questionnaire via mail in mid-March. (USDAgov/Creative Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - AARP recently conducted a survey about impostor scams in part to gauge adults' vulnerabilities ahead of the census - and in Connecticut, the findings are worrisome. Forty-five percent of Connecticut adults who responded to the survey said they had been targeted by an impostor scam.

Connecticut has the fifth highest share of electricity provided by nuclear power in the nation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Ralf Vetterle/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has lowered power plant emissions dramatically in the Northeast, but Connecticut has made little progress by comparison. The program, known as RGGI, sets a carbon cap. It has helped reduce power plant emissions by close to 50% over the cour

Premiums for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans are expected to decrease in 2020. (I Viewfinder/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Medicare open-enrollment period is under way, giving people a chance to review their coverage and make changes to be sure they're getting the best plans to fit their needs. We're already more than halfway through the open-enrollment period that began on Oct. 15. According to N

Only 32% of people in a recent survey said they knew

HARTFORD, Conn. – The open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins Friday, and health care advocates are advising people to read the fine print before deciding on a new policy. The advocacy group Consumers for Quality Care sponsored a survey that found jus

A proposal by Senate minority leader Charles Schumer would help build the charging stations needed for the transition to electric vehicles. (rh2010/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Clean air advocates say combating climate change requires switching from gas-powered cars to clean electric vehicles, and a bill being proposed in Washington could jump-start that transition. Senate minority leader Charles Schumer of New York has proposed a sweeping measure

From 2012 to 2017, annual drug costs increased by 57.8%, but Connecticut income rose only 12.2%. (I Viewfinder/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Too many people need to choose between paying for food and shelter or taking their medications, according to advocates for older Americans. A new AARP analysis shows that in recent years, rising drug prices have cost Medicare beneficiaries and taxpayers $110 billion above t

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