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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - NC: Senior

With North Carolina's aging population expected to increase over the next several decades, a report from the North Carolina Justice Center underlines the importance of living wages for caregivers. Photo credit: Ladyheart/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – The hourly amount Medicaid is willing to reimburse for caregiver support of older North Carolinians, or others in need, has decreased by almost $2 since state cuts were enacted in 2014. As a result, North Carolina caregivers are now paid $4 an hour less than the national averag

PHOTO: Retiree Ken Cowick of Cary paid $1,200 more in taxes this year as a result of the 2013 elimination of the medical expense deduction in the North Carolina tax code. Photo courtesy: Ken Cowick.

CARY, N.C. – Seventy-five-year-old Ken Cowick and his wife moved to Cary from Michigan with their retirement in mind. What's top of mind now for the stroke survivor is that the Tarheel State seems increasingly less supportive of its retiree population. This year Cowick paid $1,200 in addition

Photo: Lou Henderson spent 20 years caring for his wife and recently decided to place her in assisted care. Photo credit: Holly Pilson

MAXTON, N.C. – For every twinkle of a holiday light and crinkle of wrapping paper, there's stress associated with this time of year, especially for the thousands of North Carolinians who care for a loved one. Adding to their concern are waiting lists for existing services across the state th

PHOTO: AARP North Carolina will be working with UNC Wilmington to offer forums and workshops for older North Carolinians in order to help them prepare for retirement. Photo courtesy of AARP.

WILMINGTON, N.C. - AARP North Carolina joined the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) this week to announce a long-term initiative to raise awareness and propose solutions to the challenges facing the state's 50-plus population in retirement. According Jody Holtzman, AARP Senior Vice

GRAPHIC: Financial stresses are weighing heavy on a majority of North Carolina's most active voting bloc. Photo courtesy: AARP.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - If you're worried about your financial future and retirement security, you're in good company. A nonpartisan voter survey released this week by AARP of North Carolina finds the most active voters in the Tarheel State rank high on the "anxiety index" when it comes to their financi

PHOTO: Lennie Gerber (left), and her wife Pearl have been together for 48 years. They're among the plaintiffs in a suit challenging Amendment One. Courtesy: Gerber.

RICHMOND, Va. - When it comes to North Carolina's 'Marriage Amendment,' all eyes are on a Richmond, Va. courtroom. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could rule soon on a case challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. Because the Tarheel State is in the 4th Circuit, a ruling could impact

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians unable to care for themselves because of age or a disability are holding their breath Tuesday, waiting to see what happens at the state Capitol. Last week the North Carolina Senate announced major cuts to programs like Meals on Wheels and Medicaid in its version of

Photo: Dick Hatch filed an EEOC complaint after he didn't get an interview for a job he was qualified for. He got the interview and the job. Photo courtesy of Hatch.

PERRY, N.C. - At age 58, Dick Hatch of Perry found himself laid off and in need of a job. Hatch is an attorney who applied for a position at a Raleigh company, and he said in spite of being qualified for the attorney position, he was not granted an interview. After filing a complaint with the Equal

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