PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 

In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - MT: Senior Issues

The Montana Historical Society is laying off nine people due to budget cuts. (Courtesy of Sanna Porte)

HELENA, Mont. – The full scope of pain from impending budget cuts is coming into view for public employees and the Montanans they serve. Lawmakers turned down a number of bills to increase the state's revenue, and now the state faces a shortfall that will lead to $70 million in cuts. Jill

PHOTO: Transitioning the family farm or ranch to the next generation can be a contentious time. An expert on successful, and profitable, transitions is offering free workshops in Montana this week. Photo credit: Inspired Images/Pixabay

MISSOULA, Mont. – When it's time to hand down the family farm or ranch to the next generation, it's not always a time of family harmony. An expert on successful transitions is presenting free workshops in Montana this week to help smooth over the rough spots. Andy Junkin says while most fo

PHOTO: After 15 years, there's new leadership at AARP Montana. Former state director Bob Bartholomew retired and Tim Summers has been named the new director. Photo courtesy of AARP.

HELENA, Mont. - A new legislative session and a new director at AARP Montana. Tim Summers is taking the helm of the group that champions issues for older Montanans. Summers says Montana has a senior population that's growing faster than almost any other state in the nation, and there are some top is

PHOTO: AARP Montana is cautioning folks to be aware of the three most common rip-offs this time of year: Online shopping scams, gift card fraud and fake charities. Photo credit: Geralt/Pixabay

HELENA, Mont. – The season of giving also brings out the takers – as in scammers and thieves. And AARP Montana is offering tips through the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help people in the state avoid rip-offs, as well as advice on what to do if something seems fishy. Tim Summers, AARP

PHOTO: Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen will be in Billings on Wednesday and Thursday, along with a team of state insurance experts, to meet with residents experiencing problems related to the May 18 hailstorm. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Lindeen's office.

BILLINGS, Mont. - Montanans affected by a destructive hailstorm in May can meet with state insurance experts this week to make sure they're not taken advantage of by insurance companies or storm-chasing scammers. State Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen is sending a team to Billings for one-on-o

PHOTO: Personal finance expert Jean Chatzky says financial security isn't rocket science, but we're not naturally wired to do the

HELENA, Mont. - A sneak peek at the upcoming "Lifetime Financial Security" Conference in Montana: It's not rocket science. That doesn't mean it's not challenging, and the conference will help cheer people on no matter their age or stage in life. Elected leaders, nonprofit organizations and local exp

PHOTO: Montana AARP State President Joy Bruck says you can alleviate tax stress by using the AARP Tax-Aide program. Photo courtesy of AARP Montana.

HELENA, Mont. – Taxes done and filed for free. That's the offer from the AARP Tax-Aide program to taxpayers with low to moderate incomes in Montana. More than 10,000 Montanans received that help last year, and the doors are open for filers this year. AARP Montana State President Joy Bruc

PHOTO: The Center for Rural Affairs says seniors should rest assured that if they have Medicare, they do not need to purchase more coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. – Seniors can cut through the clutter when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs that looks at the health care reform law through the eyes of the 65-plus set. Jon Bailey, director of rural research and analysis at

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