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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2017 


The 27-year-old suspect who attempted to bomb the New York subway reveals his motive; also on our rundown, a look at how the GOP tax plan targets the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate; plus - 'Tis the season to get ready for tax season.

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Public News Service - TX: Senior Issues

Con artists often seek out seniors during the holiday season with scams demanding they pay bogus tax bills, false pleas from

AUSTIN, Texas -- Family celebrations during the holiday season often center around parents and grandparents. But the holidays are a time when con artists may also have have seniors in their sights. Family members who act as financial caregivers for parents or others often are the first line of def

The CARE Act is designed to assist people who are caregivers to an ill or elderly family member. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new state law went into effect this year to help Texans care for loved ones who are ill or have a disability, but advocates say more should be done to help family caregivers. Statistics show if the family members who assist ill or aging relatives were replaced by paid caregiv

People over 50 could see significant premium increases or benefit cuts in the latest version of the U.S. Senate’s plan to overhaul health insurance. (Hero/GettyImages)<br /><br />

AUSTIN, Texas – Advocates for Texas seniors warn that if the U.S. Senate passes the new health-care plan revealed on Thursday, it could be both a financial and health disaster for older Texans. AARP predicts the bill, which could be voted on as early as next week, would raise annual health p

Texas lawmakers are considering tougher penalties for nursing homes that violate state health and safety regulations. (TerryVine/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Legislature could soon approve a bill to correct dangerous conditions in many of the state's 1,200 nursing homes. Senate Bill 932, designed to close loopholes in regulations and strengthen penalties for bad actors, is awaiting a House vote after being approved by th

Help is available online for Texans who assist elderly family members or others with financial matters. (Highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Financial exploitation costs the elderly and their families more than $3 billion each year, and Texas advocates are working to help prevent thefts and scams. During National Consumer Protection Week, several groups are reaching out to help caregivers protect their loved ones'

AARP is pushing Congress to keep Medicare as it is for millions of American retirees. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Republican majority in Congress is considering major changes to Medicare that could bring financial hardships for many seniors. However, AARP Texas is planning a full-court press to make sure America's health plan for retirees remains the same and is not replaced by a syste

A new report by AARP Texas finds one in four nursing homes in the state has severe problems that jeopardize residents' health. (jacoblund/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new report on Texas nursing homes calls conditions in many of them "shamefully poor" and has AARP Texas working with lawmakers to make changes. The AARP report, "Intolerable Care," identifies severe problems in many facilities in Texas that need action by the Legislature to g

AARP Texas warns that the holidays are prime time for scam artists to target seniors for fraud and abuse. (highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – The holidays are a time of good feelings and generosity for many, but AARP warns that older Texans often are prime targets for fraud and abuse during the season. For many seniors, the holidays also can be times of loneliness and isolation, which can make them more vulnerable to

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