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PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 


Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide counselors helped 65,000 Michigan tax filers receive $28 million in refunds last year. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Tax season officially starts soon, and hundreds of volunteers are finalizing their training so they can help Michiganders prepare their returns. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program runs from Feb. 1 thru Apr. 15, and volunteer preparers can assist filers with their forms and id

It is estimated that one in three people in Michigan is not taking prescribed medications because they canít afford it. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. – People in Michigan troubled by the high cost of prescription medications are encouraged to help turn up the heat on drug manufacturers. AARP Michigan is hosting a Stop Rx Greed rally on Monday along the Detroit River to spread awareness about the problem and call for solutio

The average annual cost of a brand-name prescription medication has outpaced inflation by about 400% over the past decade. (Secondside/Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – The rising cost of prescription drug prices continues to make headlines, and Michiganders are encouraged to help find solutions. AARP Michigan is hosting two upcoming Prescription Drug Community Conversations next Monday. Associate State Director for Communications Mark Horn

Age-friendly communities are considerate of residents from all walks of life and of any age. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – A growing movement in Michigan and around the world is working to ensure communities are able to serve the needs of people of all ages. Eight cities and towns in the state are members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. They have committed to creating

Researchers say understanding a loved one's dementia diagnosis can help preserve family relationships. (Lisa F. Young/Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – Dementia has significant impacts on the lives of families, employers, taxpayers and those living with the disease. And dozens of stakeholders have a vision for making sure Michigan can respond to the challenges of the disease in the coming years. The Michigan Dementia Coal

A majority of Michigan voters age 45-plus are concerned about being able to afford prescription drugs for their families. (David Goehring/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – Older Michiganders outraged over the soaring cost of prescription medications are turning up the heat on lawmakers and drug companies. Lisa Dedden Cooper, manager of advocacy with AARP Michigan, says a new "Stop Rx Greed" campaign is calling for a crackdown on unfair drug pr

Whether it's jazz, country or rock and roll, experts say live music improves mental health and could even add years to a person's life. (Free-Photos/Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Music is said to be food for the soul, but it also can help nourish the brain. Jennifer Feuerstein, associate state director of AARP Michigan, says the recent focus in the research community on the health benefits of music has revealed positive effects on brain function. A

A new bill would make it easier for doctors licensed in other states to practice in Michigan. (Lilijoel/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House of Representatives passed several bills on Wednesday that senior groups say will improve health care across the state. Two bills introduced by Rep. Jim Tedder (R-Lake Orion), would make Michigan the 25th state to sign onto the Interstate Medical Licensure

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