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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 - WI: Senior Issues

A national survey says 14 percent of American households that rely on food banks include a veteran. In Wisconsin, it's 19 percent. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – The most recent Census Bureau estimates for Wisconsin say of more than 6,000 homeless people, at least 500 are veterans. Often, returning veterans face big challenges in acclimating to civilian life, and finding jobs and places to live. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress

AARP says 580,000 Wisconsinites are unpaid caregivers for a family member. (Matt Curdy/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. - While a new scorecard from AARP ranks the Badger State sixth in the nation in serving older adults and people with disabilities, it indicates that things could be done to improve the lot of family caregivers. The vast majority of older Wisconsinites want to live independently, at ho

Wisconsin consumer protection experts advise homeowners with storm damage to contact only local, reputable contractors for repairs. (AnadoluAgency/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – The warm weather months in Wisconsin bring storms, flooding, hail and tornadoes, and these powerful storms also bring out the worst in some people. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection advises homeowners with storm damage to deal only with tr

A new program from AARP Wisconsin aims to change the attitudes of policymakers about the contributions of senior citizens. (JBryson/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Spend a little now – save a lot later. That's the essence of AARP Wisconsin’s Silver Dividend campaign, which aims to maximize the number of older Wisconsinites who can continue to live in their own homes and communities, with reduced reliance on government progra

AARP opposes a bill that would allow insurance companies to charge older workers much higher premiums. (monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Under the new Republican healthcare plan, insurance companies would be allowed to charge older workers much more than younger workers, a move that AARP Wisconsin calls an "age tax." This provision in the GOP proposal comes from legislation, House Resolution 708, that AARP cha

Government agencies and private companies are taking steps to combat tax identity theft. (DaLiu/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – One of the most jarring ways to discover you've become a victim of identity theft is when you attempt to file your annual tax return and discover that someone else has already filed a return using your name and information. For the scammer, it means quick cash, but for the vict

The AARP Fountation's Tax-Aide Program offers free help in filling out tax forms. (ayo888/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Each year, tens of thousands of Wisconsin senior citizens take advantage of the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program, which offers free assistance to those who may not be able to afford the services of a professional tax preparer. The program is targeted to the needs of retired

Flu season can bring misery, but there are commonsense ways to avoid it and to keep it from spreading. (monkeybusinessimages/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Although flu season probably won't peak in Wisconsin until mid-February, it's already got a strong foothold, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Most of the cases so far are in the southern part of the state, with the Fox Cities and western Wisconsin not

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