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

Heart-attack survivor Shane Mandel says more research can help other folks avoid what he's gone through. (American Heart Assn./YouTube)

RICHMOND, Va. – By 2035, nearly half of all Americans will have cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. In a new projection released on Valentine's Day, the group says it expects broken hearts to cost the nation and its medical system a trillion dollars a year at t

If you're curious about your brain, AARP Virginia has an event for you on Tuesday. (AARP)

RICHMOND, Va. -- If you have questions on your mind about your brain, AARP Virginia is hosting a tele-town hall Tuesday night with national neuroscience experts and thousands of your neighbors. The event, from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, will be formatted like a call-in radio show and the two doctors wil

The organizers hope this debate watch party in Richmond sparks an open, constructive discussion about the future of Social Security. (AARP Virginia)

RICHMOND, Va. - A debate watch party tonight in Richmond is intended as a chance for folks to set aside the bitter taste of the election, and organizers hope it'll help spotlight an issue they say needs bipartisan attention. AARP Virginia is sponsoring the watch party at Baja Bean Co. on West Main

Social Security is 81 years old, and AARP Virginia is taking the opportunity to remind folks about why the program is important. (AARP)

RICHMOND, Va. - It's Social Security's birthday, and some program supporters are using the anniversary to remind the public why it's so important. FDR signed Social Security into law in August of 1935. Since then, it's been vital to people like Yvonne Staton of Lorton. After working two decades for

The JMU team won the second

RICHMOND, Va. - University students staying up all night isn't unusual unless they're "hacking" solutions for folks who struggle to care for family members. Teams from seven Virginia colleges worked 25 hours straight in the second annual "Caring for the Caregiver Hack." James Madison University'

Organizers say National Walking Day. Apr. 6, is a good time to add a little exercise to your life. (American Heart Association)

RICHMOND, Va. - Elisa Douglas says National Walking Day could be a matter of life and death for Virginians. She says walking certainly saved her. The Mechanicsville mother of four volunteers as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, which sponsors the national call to exercise on April

AARP’s Take a Stand campaign aims to keep Social Security at the center of the presidential race discussions.(AARP)

RICHMOND, Va. - AARP Virginia and its allies are playing a key part in keeping Social Security central to the presidential campaign. The Take a Stand campaign asks the candidates how they would keep Social Security viable for the long term. amd AARP has electronically delivered petitions to CNN and

Nurse practitioners say Virginia's General Assembly is missing a chance to improve medical care in under-served parts of the state. (Virginia General Assembly)

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia General Assembly is missing an opportunity to bring care to medically under-served parts of the state, nurse practitioners say. Going into the session, several bills would have loosened regulations and let mid-level medical providers operate in the mostly rural areas w

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