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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - NC: Senior Issues

A program organized by the North Carolina Council of Churches offers grants to qualifying churches that offer health and wellness programs to their communities. (Justin/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Growing numbers of North Carolina churches offer their congregations health and wellness resources, alongside spiritual guidance. And beginning next week, a statewide program allows qualifying churches to apply for mini-grants to provide health related services to their commu

North Carolina's Medicaid program has 120 days to retrain employees to make personal-care services as equally accessible for people with disabilities living at home as those living in facilities. (xenia/Morguefile.com)

CARRBORO, N.C. - North Carolina's Medicaid program must change some of its policies after a federal district court approved a settlement in a class-action lawsuit. In the case, Pettigrew vs. Brajer, attorneys challenged the denials and terminations of Medicaid-funded personal-care services provided

Credit: Experts and the state are asking parents to discourage underage drinking among their children during the holidays and throughout the year. Credit: maldoR/morguefile.com

RALEIGH, N.C. - December is one of the prime months when youths experiment with alcohol, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This month, the state is renewing its fight against underage drinking with new Public Service Announcements airing on local television and a call to sta

With North Carolina's aging population expected to increase over the next several decades, a report from the North Carolina Justice Center underlines the importance of living wages for caregivers. Photo credit: Ladyheart/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – The hourly amount Medicaid is willing to reimburse for caregiver support of older North Carolinians, or others in need, has decreased by almost $2 since state cuts were enacted in 2014. As a result, North Carolina caregivers are now paid $4 an hour less than the national averag

PHOTO: Retiree Ken Cowick of Cary paid $1,200 more in taxes this year as a result of the 2013 elimination of the medical expense deduction in the North Carolina tax code. Photo courtesy: Ken Cowick.

CARY, N.C. – Seventy-five-year-old Ken Cowick and his wife moved to Cary from Michigan with their retirement in mind. What's top of mind now for the stroke survivor is that the Tarheel State seems increasingly less supportive of its retiree population. This year Cowick paid $1,200 in addition

Photo: Lou Henderson spent 20 years caring for his wife and recently decided to place her in assisted care. Photo credit: Holly Pilson

MAXTON, N.C. – For every twinkle of a holiday light and crinkle of wrapping paper, there's stress associated with this time of year, especially for the thousands of North Carolinians who care for a loved one. Adding to their concern are waiting lists for existing services across the state th

PHOTO: AARP North Carolina will be working with UNC Wilmington to offer forums and workshops for older North Carolinians in order to help them prepare for retirement. Photo courtesy of AARP.

WILMINGTON, N.C. - AARP North Carolina joined the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) this week to announce a long-term initiative to raise awareness and propose solutions to the challenges facing the state's 50-plus population in retirement. According Jody Holtzman, AARP Senior Vice

GRAPHIC: Financial stresses are weighing heavy on a majority of North Carolina's most active voting bloc. Photo courtesy: AARP.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - If you're worried about your financial future and retirement security, you're in good company. A nonpartisan voter survey released this week by AARP of North Carolina finds the most active voters in the Tarheel State rank high on the "anxiety index" when it comes to their financi

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