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PNS Daily Newscast - May 25, 2018 


President Trump scraps planned talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Also on our Friday rundown: California lawmakers support and emergency hotline for foster kids; and boating is a booming business in states like Minnesota.

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Public News Service - ID: Senior Issues

The Metro Meals on Wheels program serves more than 900 hot meals every weekday to seniors in the Treasure Valley. (Metro Meals on Wheels)

BOISE, Idaho – It's Older Americans Month, a celebration of the country's seniors and also a chance to recognize some of the challenges they face. Today, the Idaho Commission on Aging is presenting the governor's proclamation for Older Americans Month to the Metro Meals on Wheels program at

Medicare is issuing new cards and fraud experts say scammers see this as an opportunity to steal people's identity. (Medicare.gov)

POCATELLO, Idaho – How can Idahoans avoid scams? They can find out at two free events from the Idaho Scam Jam Alliance next week. The alliance is inviting folks to Pocatello on Monday and Idaho Falls on Tuesday for tips on protecting their good credit and their identities. Dennis Rockwood

Credit scores are checked for a variety of reasons, including employment and housing. (Investment Zen/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – With Idaho lawmakers scheduled to adjourn today, greater protections for consumers is one win to emerge from this session. Senate Bill 1265 will allow Idahoans to freeze and unfreeze their credit once a year for free, starting in July. The legislation comes after a massive dat

Nationwide, taxpayers who used the AARP Foundation's free Tax-Aide service received more than $220 million in earned income tax credits last year. (Pictures of Money/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is entering its 50th year of providing free tax aide to folks across the country. Last year, more than 36,000 Idahoans got help on their state and federal taxes. Nationwide, volunteers helped 2.5 million Americans receive more than $1.3 bill

Idahoans on Medicare will have a chance to compare costs of prescription drug plans during open enrollment, which starts Sunday, Oct. 15. (Chris Potter/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Open enrollment for Medicare begins this Sunday, which means more than 280,000 participants in Idaho have the opportunity to review their Medicare plans. People across the country have until December 7 to look at making changes to their current plans, or to sign up for Medicare. Fr

AARP's Tax Aide program helped 2.5 million Americans receive more than $1.3 billion in refunds this year. (Pictures of Money/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – More than 35,000 Idahoans got free help on their tax returns this year at more than 40 sites across the state. After another successful year, AARP Idaho is recruiting volunteers for 2018. The 2018 program is special. It marks the 50th year the advocacy group for older American

A nonprofit restaurant in Marsing, Idaho, serves seniors free meals and also prepares food for the Meals on Wheels program. (Katrina Heikkinen/U.S. Air Force)

MARSING, Idaho -- About one-in-ten seniors in Idaho isn't sure where they will find their next meal, according to a new report. The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger found that senior hunger levels went down only slightly between 2014 and 2015 in Idaho, declining by a little more than 1/2 p

Author Doug Griffiths says offering social activities like line dancing for older residents can help revitalize small towns. (Jeffrey Smith/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Rural Idaho communities that are looking to revitalize themselves should consider investing in one of the country's greatest assets: older Americans. That's according to researcher and small-town consultant Doug Griffiths, who is also the author of "13 Ways to Kill Your Commun

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