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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 - MO: Consumer

Americans have reported $138 million in losses due to COVID- and stimulus-related scams to the Federal Trade Commission. (Adobe Stock)

ST. LOUIS -- Much like the virus itself, COVID-19 scams continue to spread six months into the pandemic. Since Wednesday, more than 194,000 complaints related to COVID-19 and stimulus payments have been submitted to the Federal Trade Commission, including roughly 1,200 fraud complaints and 400 iden

One of the most persistent problems with elder fraud is that so few people report it, because victims or families either don't realize it's happening or are embarrassed to tell authorities. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's estimated that 17% of Missourians ages 60 plus are swindled out of their hard-earned money each year, according to a new report. Some 334,000 incidents of financial fraud targeting older people are reported to authorities annually. And Paul Bischoff, editor of the consum

In a new survey, 21% of people said the pandemic has encouraged them to improve their eating habits. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - An annual survey is uncovering the pandemic's impact on health behaviors and attitudes. According to the 2020 UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey, about two-thirds of people said walking is their preferred exercise activity, and it's the most popular among Baby Boomers a

Libraries in Missouri have expanded services to protect the health of patrons during the pandemic. (AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Federal lawmakers are considering legislation that would help keep library doors open in Missouri in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. From digital programming to curbside pickup, libraries across the state have pivoted their offerings in order to safely provide materials to c

Benefitscheckup.org is a site that can help older adults find benefits they might be eligible for. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Older adults on fixed incomes are more prone to financial hardship during economic downturns, and a new effort aims to connect those age 60-plus to available benefits. During "Boost Your Budget Week" July 13-17, community agencies and organizations in Missouri and other state

It's estimated that one female dog and her puppies can result in the births of 67,000 dogs in just six years. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Animal welfare groups say the pandemic is exacerbating the overpopulation crisis for cats and dogs. According to Lisa Lange, senior vice president of communications with "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals," more than six million cats and dogs enter shelters in the U

Community Health Centers will lose 70% of their federal funding before November without action by Congress. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Community Health Centers, in Missouri and across the country, are at the forefront in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19. And some are doing even more to help the most vulnerable. Proactive measures to prevent infection are difficult to follow for anyone without permane

Empty meat cases seen recently at some grocery stores have been the result of supply chain disruptions, not the availability of meat products. (Indrid_Cold/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - There's a new tool to help both Missouri consumers and farmers affected by recent meat shortages. The Missouri Farm Bureau has launched a new database of farmers who sell their meat products directly to consumers. Over the past several weeks, many shoppers have been shocked t

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