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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2018 


Senator Corker demands the Trump administration share intelligence on the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Friday rundown: groups sue over the Texas border wall plan; and the soggy summer in some states may lead to higher pumpkin prices for Halloween.

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Public News Service - MN: Senior Issues

A scam involving new Medicare cards is the latest trick being used by some con artists to convince older people to share identifying information. (Pixabay)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Consumer groups in Minnesota continue their efforts to protect older adults from fraud and identity theft. At a "Scam Jam" event today in Cambridge, AARP Minnesota and the Better Business Bureau teamed up to educate seniors, family members and caregivers about the most com

Recent data shows that the federal Farm Bill's subsidy programs paid the same 28,000 farmers $19 billion for 32 straight years. (mnhungerinitiative.org

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Congress works to reauthorize a new farm bill by the end of September, those working to end hunger in the U.S. are encouraged that the latest version would help, not punish, Minnesota's 621,000 residents who use SNAP benefits. The comprehensive bill covers the Supplement

Supporters of licensing for assisted-living facilities rallied this week in the Minnesota State Capitol. But are lawmakers listening? (AARP Minnesota)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With less than a week left in the Minnesota legislative session, it's unclear whether either house will pass meaningful elder-care legislation. Advocates for seniors say abuse in assisted-living facilities has reached crisis levels, with about 400 cases reported across the

The Minnesota Department of Health says almost every state has experienced a record-breaking flu season. (Jeremy Tenenbaum/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's been a record-breaking flu season, but it seems things have turned a corner. The Minnesota Department of Health reports there were more than 100 flu-related hospitalizations in the state the week ending March 10. But that's about half the number reported the previous w

Critics of the Trump budget proposal warn it could reverse efforts to get healthy, local foods to low-income Minnesota families. (Marco Verch/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Trump budget proposal would cut almost $20 billion next year from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), once commonly known as food stamps. More than 600,000 Minnesotans benefit from SNAP and could be affected, according to Colleen Moriarty, executive directo

Hundreds of thousands turned out in Minnesota for 2016 precinct caucuses. The state moves to a presidential primary in 2020. (Jeremy Noble/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday night, 30,000 Minnesotans went to precinct caucuses. That's just 1 percent of the roughly 3 million who voted in 2016. So are caucuses good or bad for democracy? Hamline University political science professor David Schultz said it's complicated: Caucuses give nei

According to the United Nations, U.S. spending on pharmaceuticals is at least 30 percent higher than in other high-income countries. (Kiran Foster/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the price of prescription drugs keeps going up and Congress provides no solution, states are beginning to take matters into their own hands. States have regulatory authority and the economic power to buy medicine in bulk. So Seth Boffeli, communications director for AARP

Meterologists say this winter's January temperatures were average for Minnesota. (Laurie Stern)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Only about one in four Minnesota households eligible for help with heating bills is getting it. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, gives the state Commerce Department more than $100 million, distributed though social service providers such as Three Rivers

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