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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - NE: Senior

Nebraskans are encouraged to research groups doing COVID-19 relief work at CharityNavigator.org or Give.org before making donations. (Pxfuel)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Medicare officials are warning people that the COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect petri dish for a wide array of scams, including Medicare fraud. Devorah Lanner, AARP Nebraska communications director, said people should be extremely skeptical if anyone offers to send a coron

Parents also should include babies in their 2020 census form, even if they're still in the hospital on April 1. (Krzysztof Dzwonek/Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Advocates for children in Nebraska are working to ensure that all of the children are counted in the upcoming 2020 Census, including children younger than five years old and not yet in school. Numbers from the once-a-decade tally play a big role in determining how many federal tax

By 2024, 41 million people ages 55 and older are projected to be in the labor force, nearly an 8% increase from the current number. (Pxfuel)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Legislation to protect older workers in Nebraska and around the nation from discrimination in the workplace heads to the U.S. Senate after the House passed the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act last week. Todd Stubbendieck, state director of AARP Nebraska, says e

Only 54% of families headed by prime-age workers (age 32 to 61) participate in any kind of retirement plan, down from 60% in 2001. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nearly half of U.S. families have no retirement savings, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report. And the median balance for families that do have savings is far from what they'll need. The report said families in their mid-30s have just $1,000 socked away. And families

A new Trump administration proposal would reduce food-stamp benefits for low-income families with higher utility bills, cutting benefits for roughly one out of every five households that participate in SNAP. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Time is running out for the public to comment on the Trump administration's third proposal this year for changing the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The latest move would cut $4.5 billion from the program over five years by changing

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program, which helps seniors and others file their income-tax forms online, has served more than 68 million taxpayers nationwide. (USAF)

LINCOLN, Neb. – The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program is the nation's largest volunteer-run tax-preparation service – and it's expanding its Nebraska team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. The program offers in-person tax preparation to seniors and low- and moderate-income wo

Researchers found that sales from drug companies' top 20 medicines cover the cost of all annual research, and still produces $40 billion in profits. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – According to new state data released by AARP Nebraska, 31% of Nebraskan adults have stopped taking a prescription drug because of rising costs. Americans currently pay at least twice what people in other developed countries pay for the same medicine, and AARP Nebraska is urgi

Consumer advocates want U.S. lawmakers to address patent loopholes that allow drug companies to keep cheaper generics from reaching the marketplace. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – This week the Trump administration opened the door for prescription drug imports from Canada, in a move to address concerns about high costs. The Department of Health and Human Services outlined steps that would allow for cheaper generic drugs to be imported, and asked states

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