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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.

Public News Service - Minnesota

PHOTO: Many people aren't yet ready to cut the cord, but AARP Minnesota says landline phone service in the state could be put in jeopardy by several telecommunications bills under consideration in St. Paul. Photo credit: Daniel Oines/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Legislation being considered at the state Capitol could leave many Minnesotans disconnected, with consumer groups saying there are several bills that may jeopardize the availability of affordable and reliable landline phone service. One proposal would prohibit the regulation of ...Read More

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PHOTO: Minneapolis home-care worker Robin Pikala says new legislation on wage theft might have helped her when an employer went bankrupt owing her $2,000 in wages. Photo courtesy Minnesota AFL-CIO.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some Minnesota workers hope lawmakers can help protect them from having their wages stolen. Part of a package of legislation called the Working Parents Act would toughen state laws against employers who cheat or fail to pay their employees. It's designed for situations such as th...Read More

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PHOTO: Minnesotans will lose an hour of sleep this weekend as clocks spring forward, but for many this will be just be another day in their regular struggle to get enough rest. Photo credit: lauren_dw/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Like food, water and oxygen, sleep is one of the basics for human survival, but for many folks, getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis is little more than a dream. It's estimated that more than a third of adults don't always get the amount of sleep they need to fee...Read More

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IMAGE: The largest annual food drive in the state begins Sunday, with the March Campaign from Minnesota Foodshare. Image courtesy Minnesota Foodshare.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The arrival of March on the calendar this Sunday also marks the beginning of the state's largest annual food drive. The March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare last year raised more than $8 million and 4 million pounds of food. Director Suzanne Shatila said the goal is even higher...Read More

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PHOTO: Child poverty in the U.S. has been measured in the same way for decades, but a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows there is a more modern and more accurate indicator of child well-being and the programs that aim to help kids from lower-income families. Photo credit: Chris Sampson/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When it comes to the well-being of kids across the state and the country, a new report finds the basic data on poverty isn't enough and a deeper look is necessary. The government has been calculating poverty the same way for a half-century, but several years ago the U.S. Census ...Read More

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PHOTO: The number of jobs in the U.S. solar industry continue to grow, with Minnesota emerging as one of the nation's brightest stars in solar energy. Photo credit: Sharon Mollerus/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The sun is shining brightly on the solar industry in Minnesota, as the latest analysis shows the state had the nation's second-highest rate of growth in solar employment last year. Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation, says the number of solar jo...Read More

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PHOTO: The most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week calls attention to these serious and possibly fatal health conditions. Photo credit: Laura Lewis/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Like many other conditions, when it comes to eating disorders, early intervention is key to recovery for those struggling with these potentially life-threatening conditions. Wendy Blackshaw, director of marketing for The Emily Program in Minnesota, says only a small percent...Read More

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PHOTO: It's already estimated that smoking kills nearly a half-million people in this country each year, including thousands in Minnesota, but new research points to even more associated deaths. Photo credit: Franco/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - While many of the dangers of smoking have been well known for some time, new research shows that the consequences may be larger and deadlier than previously thought. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 21 different causes of death are attributed to smoking, with some 480,000 de...Read More

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