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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - PA: Senior

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - 'Tis the season to be careful. That's one message consumer advocates want Pennsylvanians to keep in mind during this holiday season. More than one-in-five adults surveyed by AARP in the Commonwealth failed a simple quiz designed to test their ability to recognize holiday scams.

Family caregivers help aging family members remain in their homes, where most prefer to be. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — One-point-three-billion-hours - that's how much unpaid time family caregivers in Pennsylvania devoted to helping aging family members and friends remain in their homes in 2017, according to a new report. The latest installment of AARP's Valuing the Invaluable series says ther

Four members of ElderWitness were arrested by DHS on charges of obstructing the entrance to a federal building.  (Roz Dutton/ElderWitness)

PHILADELPHIA – Four senior citizens were arrested Wednesday on charges of blocking the entrance to the Philadelphia headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Dressed as the Statue of Liberty, the four members of ElderWitness, say they are outraged by the Trump administration's det

From 2012 to 2017 the average cost of brand name prescription drugs in PA rose 58%. (Burlingham/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvanians who are struggling to pay the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs will be able to learn how to fight back at a series of upcoming events. On average, prescription prices are rising about six times faster than incomes. According to Bill Johnston Walsh, st

Increased demand for uncompensated care could force some Pennsylvania hospitals to close, according to a new report about the consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act. (Engin_Akyurt/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report outlines severe consequences for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The Trump administration wants a federal appeals court to uphold a ruling that says the Obama administration's signature health-care law is unconstit

AARP Pennsylvania State President Joanne Grossi joined state legislators in calling for passage of the Family Care Act. (PA Senate Republican Communications)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Advocates for seniors are urging state lawmakers to help more than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians who take care of family members. Family caregivers in the Keystone State provide 1.4 billion hours of unpaid assistance every year, valued at over $19 billion dollars. Proposed leg

Prices for brand-name drugs widely used by seniors rose 8.4 percent in 2017. (Pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Seniors from across Pennsylvania are rallying in Harrisburg today, telling legislators they need help coping with the soaring cost of prescription drugs. More than 200 AARP members plan to gather at the Statehouse with the message that they can't take it anymore. It's part of a na

Last year, more than 114,000 Pennsylvanians received free tax filing assistance from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. (sphere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – April 15 is coming up fast and there are a lot of changes in federal tax laws this year, but free help getting income-tax returns filed is available now. AARP has offered free, in-person tax assistance and preparation since 1968. Last year, more than 1,500 volunteers helpe

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