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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - MN: Senior

Census officials say workers will be knocking on doors this spring and summer. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- This spring, census workers will be knocking on doors as the 2020 nationwide count rolls out. But many of these jobs still need to be filled, and seniors are being encouraged to help with the gap. The U.S. Census Bureau says it hopes to hire 500,000 people to ensure a complete

Since 2017, AARP has awarded 376 grants through its Community Challenge Grant program to nonprofit organizations and government entities in all 50 states and territories. (Adobe Stock)

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Making communities more livable for people of all ages is the goal of a grant program that's looking for Minnesota towns to submit their ideas. Nonprofit groups and government agencies can apply for the livability grants from AARP. The AARP Community Challenge grant progra

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation says most older adults find prescription drug costs unreasonable. (Ladyheart/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The rising cost of prescription drugs continues to grab the attention of lawmakers and advocacy groups. AARP Minnesota says some of its members are being forced to choose between buying life-saving drugs or buying food, and they hope an upcoming forum will produce solutions

Loneliness can be as bad for a person's health as obesity and smoking, according to AARP, and it's a real concern for many adults ages 50 to 80. (deagreez/Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Recent studies and surveys indicate that more older adults are struggling with loneliness and isolation. And as winter sets in, those feelings can become more pronounced. According to an AARP survey this year, one in three older adults say they "lack regular companionship,"

It's been called a

ST. PAUL, Minn. — More than 3 million older adults are treated for falls in emergency rooms each year, with 1 in 5 of them suffering serious injuries such as broken bones or head trauma. To raise awareness, today is the 12th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Kathleen Cameron, senior dir

A change in SNAP benefits proposed by the Trump administration would penalize households with savings as minimal as $2,250. (mnhungerinitiative.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesotans fighting hunger say a proposed rule change for those needing help to put food on the table this winter will have drastic consequences. The Trump administration's effort to tighten eligibility requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, f

Minnesotans age 50-plus are making valuable contributions in communities across the state. (aletia2011/Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Trailblazing is not just for the "up and coming," and some Minnesotans are being honored for not letting their golden years slow them down. The "50 over 50" list recognizes those over the age of 50 who are leading and inspiring others through their actions and are making an i

Minnesota is currently the only state that does not license assisted-living facilities. (Sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota lawmakers consider new legislation to help prevent incidents of elder abuse, a new report uncovers the troubling scope of the problem. According to research released by Elder Voice Family Advocates, 128 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect have been reported at as

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