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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.

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Alzheimer's rates are expected to rise more than 13% in Ohio by 2025. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The impact of Alzheimer's disease in Ohio is expected to rise dramatically in coming years, and researchers say Appalachian counties could be particularly affected. A recent study from The Ohio State University examines the prevalence of Alzheimer's and other related cognitive di

Medicare beneficiaries can sign up online for virtual enrollment counseling at 'insurance.ohio.gov.' (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The pandemic has changed many aspects of life, and the annual Medicare enrollment period which kicks off today is no exception. The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program and other outreach organizations are offering plan reviews by phone or online, as in-person assistan

COVID-19 created physical barriers between nursing home residents and their loved ones. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Spending time with a loved one has been out of reach since March for some of the most vulnerable Ohioans. And starting today, they'll be able to make contact once again. Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities can now allow indoor visitation, if they follow certain health an

Toxic algae is an annual problem in the western basin of Lake Erie. (NOAA/Flickr)

By Alicia Krynock/Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration Clarification - 6:54 p.m. EST, May 20, 2020 - Changes "Pause" to "Policy" in headline to reflect that Ohio EPA slowed down enforcement but did not officially stop it. As st

AmeriCorps Summer VISTA Associates provide support to child nutrition programs in Ohio during the summer months. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic have an opportunity to help contribute to the solution. The AmeriCorps VISTA program is looking for associates to assist with the summer meal program for children, as well as its year-long service program. The Ohio Association of Foodb

Ohio's secretary of state says about 25% of voters routinely vote by absentee ballot. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- March 17 has passed, but Ohio's 2020 presidential primary is not over. Because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the closure of polling locations, Ohioans now can vote by mail until April 28. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says the state already has a convenien

AARP Ohio volunteers are making friendly phone calls to fellow Ohioans who might feel isolated. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Feeling cut off from the outside world can be depressing and lonely, especially for older Ohioans, but social distancing doesn't have to mean social disconnecting. With Ohio under a stay-at-home order and senior centers closed, AARP Ohio State Director Holly Holtzen recommends ma

Supporters of block granting Medicaid contend it would save costs and give states flexibility. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Trump administration is calling it the "Healthy Adult Opportunity," but health care advocates contend the new plan to revamp Medicaid is the same old story. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday is expected to release a block grant plan for Medicaid that

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