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PNS Daily News - July 25, 2017 


Another Obamacare repeal showdown expected in the Senate; the President’s son-in-law in the hot seat in the Russia probe; and a setback for federal immigration agents. We’re covering those stories and more on today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - MN: Senior Issues

Retirees in Minnesota pay taxes on the Social Security benefits they receive. Only a dozen other states tax these benefits. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a budget deadline looming, Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislative leaders are still working on the framework of an agreement. Sticking points include how much of Minnesota's budget surplus will go to tax cuts, and which specific tax cuts will be included in the final p

Whether your phone service is a traditional line or internet-based, Minnesota consumer advocates say the protections should be the same. (cohdra/morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For more than a century, phone service in Minnesota has been regulated by the Public Utilities Commission. But as many in the state transition to internet-based phone services, some lawmakers want to change that. House File 1665 would eliminate many of the basic consumer protect

House Speaker Paul Ryan may be escalating his plan to privatize Medicare. (paulryanhouse.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's been talk by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan for several years about phasing out Medicare and replacing it with private insurance, but now those words may turn into action. Ryan has said he'll try to push it through as efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act mo

Gov. Mark Dayton has a plan to help Minnesotans pay for health insurance. (mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's an effort underway in Minnesota to make sure no one loses health insurance while Republicans work to dismantle President Obama's health-care plan. Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a premium rebate for about 120,000 Minnesotans who aren't eligible for federal tax credits

Minnesota's population is aging, particularly in rural areas, where many seniors don't have easy access to grocery stores. (Hungersolutions.org)

MINNEAPOLIS – Hunger-fighting advocates will continue their work in 2017 to help those who don't have enough to eat. Some food shelves in Minnesota have gone mobile to get to people who have transportation issues or live in rural areas and don't have easy access to grocery stores. Angela Nis

Seniors visits to Minnesota food pantries have jumped in the last few years. (house.leg.state.mn.us)<br /><br /><br />

MINNEAPOLIS – There were 1.6 million visits to food pantries during the first six months of this year in Minnesota, and a large chunk of the people coming in were senior citizens. Hunger Solutions did a comparison of the first six months of 2012 and 2016, and found senior visits were up 49 per

AARP's Jo Ann Jenkins says her book is for anyone who wants to live a life of possibility, connection and growth. (aarp.org)

MINNEAPOLIS – Life expectancy in the United States is now 78.8 years, much higher than when the Social Security program began in 1935. At that time life expectancy was around 67 years old, and people were expected to retire at 62. AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins says that means Americans need to r

A survey last year in Minnesota found that more than 9,300 people are considered homeless, and many are families and the elderly. (Veronica Carter)

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Hundreds of people who work to make sure every Minnesotan has a safe, affordable place to call home came together this week in Rochester. The "Facing Forward Together” conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, wraps up Thursday. According to

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