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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 20, 2020 


Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - ND: Senior

In AARP polling in battleground states, voters over 50 have said Social Security, Medicare and prescription drug prices will be important factors when making their election decisions. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. - Throughout October, AARP North Dakota and Prairie Public Broadcasting team up to co-host a series of debates for various political races. And they're hoping the participants will address concerns about topics important to voters age 50 and older. Candidates for governor, state Sup

Federal officials say the median loss for North Dakota fraud victims is $258. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- The Federal Trade Commission says North Dakota residents have lost a combined $116,000 from fraud during the coronavirus pandemic. Consumer protection experts say to keep that number from rising, old and new safeguards need to be followed. North Dakotans have been targeted by COVI

More than 3,000 positive coronavirus cases have been reported in North Dakota. State health officials hope social distancing and other measures will keep the state's situation stable. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- While COVID-19 cases spike in other parts of the U.S., North Dakota's total remains relatively low. But the state's older population is being urged to stay vigilant to avoid infection. Prior to the spikes in such states as Florida and Arizona, many states were gradually re-open

While volunteer levels have been affected by the pandemic, informal aid groups have formed across the country to help seniors get access to supplies and services. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- As the global pandemic continues to unfold, friends and family of seniors worry about them being cut off from the rest of the world. In North Dakota, there's a new tool to help these individuals get the help they need. People across the country are being asked to engage in soci

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says in states like North Dakota, a growing proportion of residents ages 55 and older are either working or looking for work. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARK, N.D. - North Dakota is once again applying for federal grant money to fund its work-training program for older, low-income workers. Officials hope to raise awareness at a time when they say there are many opportunities for folks in this age group. Public comments are being accepted about

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program received $18 million in funding in fiscal year 2019. (alfexe/Adobe Stock)

BELCOURT, N.D. -- It's tax season, and a nationwide program is helping low-income North Dakotans prepare their returns for free. Legal Services of North Dakota is working with the Internal Revenue Service to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA program. It's available to folks wh

About 1 in 4 Social Security recipients in North Dakota relies on the money for 90% or more of their income. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- With the holidays coming to a close, some folks already are gearing up for another stressful time: tax season. But some North Dakotans could find it a bit easier to pay Uncle Sam in 2020. About 30,000 older adults will no longer have to pay a state income tax on their Social Sec

A fast-growing aging population will greatly increase demand for caregivers in the years to come. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. – As North Dakotans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, there are some who could use a little extra gratitude. About 68,000 North Dakotans are family caregivers, including Mary Beth Simmer of Fargo. She quit her job to provide care for her sister, who has passed away, but Simmer kno

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