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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - MD: Senior

National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day celebrates the contributions of overlooked gay and lesbian seniors in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

BALTIMORE - Tomorrow is "National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day" - and with most Americans still quarantined from the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have moved the celebration online. Sam McClure - director of the LGBT Health Resource Center at Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore, which inaugurated

Older Marylanders need to beware of scammers trying to sell fake vaccines and other bogus cures for the new coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Con artists like to take advantage of people when a crisis strikes, so it's no surprise that scams are on the rise in the COVID-19 pandemic -- and vulnerable older Americans are particular targets. One popular scam right now asks for payment for a vaccine or treatment for the cor

The coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress suspends the 2020 required minimum distributions on retirement plans. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- As older Americans face the health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or "CARES" Act has specific provisions to help seniors cope with the financial consequences as well. Many folks aren't aware that people living on Social Sec

Hand sanitizer is considered contraband in prisons, making it harder to prevent the spread of the coronavirus if it strikes. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Prisons can be incubators for spreading contagions, and advocates say officials need to take more measures to prevent the coronavirus from spreading behind bars. Federal and most state prisons, including those in Maryland, have banned visits to keep inmates safe. But Tyrone Walke

Maryland's Senior Call Check program launched statewide in January, helping home-bound older residents age in place by checking on them daily by phone. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland is the first state in the country with a program that offers daily wellness checks by phone for older residents. Since most people say they want to "age in place" in their own homes, Senior Call Check provides a phone call to Marylanders age 65 and older each day at a desi

Fewer than 40% of U.S. workers have short-term paid leave, according to a poll by Opinion Works. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – America is facing a caregiving crisis with more than 40 million people providing uncompensated care for relatives every year. As we enter the holiday season, a stressful time for caregivers, family advocates in Maryland are pushing state legislators to pass a paid-leave bill t

Hundreds of students and teams across the United States and Canada compete in 11 events as part of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. (APPE)

BALTIMORE – It's an event that organizers hope many in Washington, D.C., can watch and learn from. But the ultimate goal of this weekend's Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Baltimore is to help train students before they enter the workforce on how to work through complex moral issues. This year

According to the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, 45 million Americans did not fill their prescriptions in 2016 due to cost. (qimono/Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland General Assembly will be reviewing legislation that would create a first-of-its-kind board to make high-cost prescription drugs more affordable for Marylanders. Many lawmakers have called it a life-or-death issue. Now they're proposing the 2019 Prescription Drug

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