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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


New Medicaid work requirements could leave many without coverage; we get perspective from Utah. Also on the rundown: a look at the impact of the Trump administrations efforts to erase references to climate change; and Reading Partners Baltimore inspires struggling readers.

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Public News Service - MN: Senior Issues

Adocates for seniors are worried about a possible $25 billion cut to Medicare if the tax bill passes. (Phalinn Ooi/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The final version of the Republican tax bill that Congress is expected to decide next week may mean a $25 billion cut to Medicare in 2018 alone. That's because at the end of each calendar year, the Office of Management and Budget must cut spending programs to offset any inc

Consumer watchdogs say they expect holiday season scammers to make a better-than-usual haul this year. (e-gabi/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Scammers pounce this time of year because they know it's when people are likely to be generous. Between the holidays and the end of the tax year, Minnesotans field lots of requests for donations. While most appeals are legitimate, consumer watchdog groups say tens of millions of

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 10th annual Walk to End Hunger will take place at 7:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Mall of America. It's a 5 kilometer fundraising walk through the inside of the mall, with proceeds going to 12 nonprofit organizations committed to ending hunger in Minnesota. Sophia L

Colleen Moriarty of Hunger Solutions says in the last couple of years, more Minnesotans lean on food shelves toward the end of the month. (Michael Swan/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – U.S. Census data released Thursday had mostly good news for Minnesota, as it continues to recover from the recession. Median income is up, as is the proportion of Minnesotans with health insurance, and the overall poverty rate is down. One pocket of bad news is the poverty

Jill Pavlak (right) worked in liquor stores and restaurants to learn how to run her own brewery with her wife, Deb Loch.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – AARP Minnesota and a civic engagement group called Pollen are honoring 50 Minnesotans over age 50. The award smashes the myth that older people are washed up. Instead, the honorees are doing groundbreaking work in their communities. They come from all over the state and f

People age 50 and older are expected to be among those most dramatically affected by changes to the Affordable Care Act. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a new day for the health-care debate in the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence had to break a tie to get senators to take up the repeal and/or replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Some insiders are calling what could come next "skinny repeal," meaning a ver

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

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