PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 

We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - WY: Senior Issues

AARP Wyoming is negotiating with CenturyLink to make sure older residents continue to have access to a working landline. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As CenturyLink prepares to face hearings this week over complaints by three Wyoming communities of poor service quality, the nation's largest advocacy organization for older Americans is crying foul over the telecom company's efforts to shrug off oversight by the Wyoming Publi

AARP is launching a new campaign to convince members of Congress to keep President Donald Trump's commitment to safeguard Medicare. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The nation's largest senior advocacy group, AARP, is launching a campaign to block congressional efforts to turn Medicare into a voucher system. Sam Shumway, executive director of AARP Wyoming, says proposals to privatize the government run health program for people with dis

Rising prices of prescription drugs are having a big impact on the nation's seniors. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Despite increased scrutiny by Congress in the wake of the EpiPen scandal, prices for brand-name prescription drugs are on the rise. That's according to a new AARP study, which found that in 2015, the average cost for a single non-generic drug now exceeds $5,800 a year, compare

Consumers who use public wireless networks often put sensitive personal information at risk. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Using public wireless networks to check bank accounts, shop and even log into social media accounts could put sensitive personal information in jeopardy, according to new AARP survey. Frank Abagnale, an ambassador with AARP Fraud Watch Network, has been associated with the F

AARP has launched an effort to get all candidates seeking national office to commit to safeguarding Social Security. (LarryHW/iStockphoto)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Reforming entitlement programs is a contentious topic, and most public officials don't want to go near what some call the third rail of U.S. politics. In response, AARP has launched an effort to get all candidates seeking national office to commit to safeguarding Social Secu

Watchdog groups are warning consumers about the latest IRS impersonator scam. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Watchdog groups are warning taxpayers about the latest IRS impersonator scam. Federal regulators report a surge in tax-related fraud schemes, and Ryan Frost, a paralegal with the Wyoming Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit, says thousands of computer-generated phone c

Seven Wyoming counties with high levels of oil and gas activity saw their grades slip in this year’s

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Bucking the national trend of improving air quality, seven Wyoming counties with high levels of oil and gas activity have seen their grades slip in this year's "State of the Air" report card from the American Lung Association. Ronni Flannery, healthy air director of the Amer

Sen. Eli Bebout has sponsored a bill that would shutter the doors of the Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate, an agency that represents consumers in utility rate-hike cases. (State of Wyoming)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Consumer groups in Wyoming are pressing lawmakers to keep the lights on at the Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA). The office represents customers when their utility companies want to raise rates. In 2013, legislators voted to extend the OCA until 2023, but Senate File 78, spo

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