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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - NH: Senior Issues

All eyes are on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who reveals the latest version of a Senate health-care plan today. (BreakingNews/Wiki)

CONCORD, N.H. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to take the wraps off the latest version of the Republican Party’s health care plan Thursday, but consumer and senior groups in New Hampshire say it needs to be a major improvement over the last version. Todd Fahey, sta

Consumer advocates are warning Granite Staters to steer clear of incoming phone calls claiming information is needed about a change in Medicare cards. (Marcello Casal Jr./Wikimedia)

CONCORD, N.H. – It's a change intended to protect the personal information of Granite Staters, but scammers are playing on it to trick folks into revealing key information. The big change is that Medicare cards will no longer display the beneficiaries' Social Security numbers. Volunteer AA

A couple of utility scams are making the rounds at record levels across the nation, and consumers in New Hampshire need to beware. (UIowa/Wikimedia Commons)

CONCORD, N. H. – It's called the "Shut-off Swindle," and consumer advocates say it has reached record levels this winter, including preying on some utility customers in New Hampshire. The scam comes in a couple of variations, according to Stephanye Schuyler, a volunteer fraud-fighter with AAR

Chris and Bonnie Wade are among the more than 8,000 New Hampshire grandparents raising their grandkids, and they're looking for help from state lawmakers. (Courtesy of Wade Family)

CONCORD, N.H. — In a phenomenon driven largely by the opioid epidemic, more New Hampshire grandparents are raising their grandchildren, and they’re hoping state lawmakers will offer some help this legislative session. Chris Wade and his wife Bonnie are among the more-than 8,000 grandpa

Employers are getting your W-2 information to the government earlier this year in an effort to prevent income-tax refunds from being stolen. (M. Bisanz/Wikimedia)

CONCORD, N.H. – Employers across New England and the nation are scrambling today to meet a new end-of-month deadline that is designed to protect your income-tax refund. The change is part of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes or "PATH" Act, and AARP volunteer fraud-fighter Norma Boyce sai

Residents of 14 southern New Hampshire towns and cities can give input on making their communities more livable for people of all ages. (Mike Clifford)

MANCHESTER, Mass. – It can be as simple as adding benches to a local park or bike lanes to make cyclists safer - several hundred thousand residents of southern New Hampshire are planning ways to make their communities more livable for citizens of all ages. Todd Fahey, state director at AARP

Consumer advocates are warning Granite Staters to beware of scam phone calls that claim there's a warrant out for your arrest for missing jury duty. (Ammodramus/wikimediia)

CONCORD, N.H. - As kids are out searching for the scariest Halloween costumes, local consumer watchdogs warn that a scary scam is back in the Granite State that works by striking fear into adults. Retired FBI agent Bob Denz, now a volunteer fraud-fighter with AARP New Hampshire, said this scam usua

Experts say where you use an ATM can make a big difference when it comes to avoiding ATM skimming fraud. (Mike Clifford)

CONCORD, N.H. – AARP and state officials are alerting Granite Staters to an increase in card skimming devices that fraudsters use to steal personal information from the magnetic strip on credit or debit cards. James Boffetti, chief of the New Hampshire Department of Justice’s Consumer

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