PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Public News Service - VA: Senior Issues

Richmond, VA - A new report out this week shows Virginia workers are earning more than they did at the start of the decade, but the increase is not nearly enough to keep up with the skyrocketing cost of health care premiums. The Families USA report found median earnings rose more than 20 percent in

Richmond, VA - Millions of dollars that belong to Virginians are going unclaimed, as almost 125,000 Virginians have yet to file the necessary forms to receive their economic stimulus payments from the federal government. Michael Cassidy of the Commonwealth Institute says that's because many older a

Richmond, VA - Got stimulus? The April 15th "tax day" has come and gone, but for many Virginians, it's not too late to file a tax form and get some money from Uncle Sam. The federal "economic stimulus package" payments will arrive beginning in May, but they'll only be mailed to people who filed thei

Richmond, VA - Predators want to cheat you out of your "economic stimulus" check. Phones across Virginia already are ringing with offers to speed up your pay-out if you just give the caller your personal information. If you do that, says Carolyn Spohrer of the Virginia Community Action Partnership

Roanoke, VA - It's a different twist on 'unlawful search and seizure' - cases of illegal 'seizure' from banks apparently unwilling to 'search' for the right information. Many Virginia banks allow creditors to garnishee the accounts of Social Security recipients, even though Federal law prohibits sei

Richmond, VA - Virginia home health caregivers are feeling a little queasy as the legislative session wraps up. That's because the Virginia General Assembly says it won't take up raises for the state's personal care assistants this year. David Broder, executive director of the Virginia Association

Richmond, VA – About 8.7 million Americans make up the so-called "Sandwich Generation," caught between caring for both children and an elderly parent, according to a new study from AARP. Experts say it's a tough situation that can mean incredible stress for everyone involved. David Broder wit

Richmond, VA – When people make less money, they get sicker. A Virginia physician and professor believes it's a statement that should sound an alarm for those concerned about the future of medicine. He says today's economic consequences will overwhelm the nation's healthcare system for years t

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