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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2020 


University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and the work-from-home trend could be a boon for people with disabilities.

2020Talks - May 26, 2020 


Monday was Memorial Day. More than 100,000 people in the five major U.S. territories are military veterans, but can't vote for commander-in-chief. Plus, Puerto Rico has a statehood referendum this November.

Public News Service - MT: Senior

PHOTO: Montana AARP State President Joy Bruck says you can alleviate tax stress by using the AARP Tax-Aide program. Photo courtesy of AARP Montana.

HELENA, Mont. – Taxes done and filed for free. That's the offer from the AARP Tax-Aide program to taxpayers with low to moderate incomes in Montana. More than 10,000 Montanans received that help last year, and the doors are open for filers this year. AARP Montana State President Joy Bruc

PHOTO: The Center for Rural Affairs says seniors should rest assured that if they have Medicare, they do not need to purchase more coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. – Seniors can cut through the clutter when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs that looks at the health care reform law through the eyes of the 65-plus set. Jon Bailey, director of rural research and analysis at

PHOTO: AARP Montana is making the case that showing respect to veterans should include a guarantee under Social Security. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Veteran’s Day has strong meaning in Montana. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the state is home to the second-highest number, per capita, of veterans in the nation. AARP is making the case that showing respect to vets should include a guarantee under Social Secu

PHOTO: AARP Montana is holding “shred and feed” events around the state today, offering free document shredding while collecting food donations. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. - Protection from identity theft and help with putting food on the table are two goals today in Montana for the National Day of Service. AARP Montana is holding "shred and feed" events around the state, offering free document shredding while collecting food donations. "It's really im

Several groups in Montana are circulating a petition – asking the Legislature to come back and take another vote on Medicaid expansion.

HELENA, Mont. - Several groups in Montana are circulating an online petition, asking the Legislature to come back and take another vote on Medicaid expansion. The expansion died at the end of the session this year, and since lawmakers went home, several more states have accepted the deal, with Kentu

PHOTO: Meagan McKay at Montana Women Vote, wearing one of the T-shirts that hundreds will don today at the Capitol. Courtesy of Montana Women Vote.

HELENA, Mont. - The debate about whether to expand Medicaid is hot at the Capitol today. The Montana Human Rights Network is busing hundreds of people in from around the state for a hearing, a rally, and meetings with lawmakers, making the case that expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act i

PHOTO: AARP Montana State President Joy Bruck encourages low- to moderate-income residents to schedule time with the AARP Tax-Aide program if they need help. There's no charge.

HELENA, Mont. - No need to hit the panic button yet: There's still more than a month to file taxes. Volunteers at the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program are standing by in Montana, and they offer help for free. According to AARP Montana state president Joy Bruck, low- and moderate-income filers real

PHOTO: Montana seniors have been contacting the state's Congressional delegation with concerns about possible cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Photo credit: SocialSecurity.gov.

BUTTE, Mont. - Congress is negotiating federal budget points, as another deadline looms for decisions related to spending and the deficit. Cuts to Social Security and Medicare are on the table again, and that has activated Montana seniors, who have been hitting the road to visit offices of members o

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