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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Public News Service - Minnesota

Hundreds of American Indian students from lower-income families have received free winter jackets in Minneapolis. Credit: Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A month before the official start of winter, hundreds of American Indian students from lower-income families in Minneapolis' Public School system have received free winter coats. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community donated about $25,000 to help buy some of the coats. Loui...Read More

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Thousands of Minnesotans donate time and money in the Walk to End Hunger on Thanksgiving morning. Credit: Hunger Solutions Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – A lot of Minnesotans sat down for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, but not everyone in the state had enough to eat. To help with that, thousands of people at the Mall of America participated in the Walk to End Hunger. Sophia Lenarz-Coy, associate director of Hunger Sol...Read More

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This portrait of caregiver Jill Ballard of Cannon Falls and her husband Bob was given to Jill as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Courtesy: AARP Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With November being National Family Caregivers Month, AARP Minnesota is recognizing one of the state's nearly 600,000 people who are caring for loved ones so they can live as independently as possible at home. Jill Ballard of Cannon Falls was chosen to be honored after she s...Read More

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Even though the overall youth commitment rate is down in Minnesota, racial disparities continue to be a problem.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The number of children being committed to prisons or other detention facilities has dropped by about 53 percent across the country from 2001 to 2013. According to a state-by-state look at federal data by the Pew Charitable Trust, Minnesota is just above the national average...Read More

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Minnesota's dwindling population of the Karner Blue butterfly soon could be gone, according to a new report. Credit: Endangered Species Coalition

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A species of butterfly that calls Minnesota home is perilously close to becoming extinct. The Karner Blue butterfly is on a list of the top 10 "most isolated" species in the United States. According to the Endangered Species Coalition, these animals and plants all share one thing ...Read More

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The Minnesota Farmers Union will be debating how several national policies will affect local food producers this weekend. Credit: Jackske/

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some big topics are slated to come up at this year's Minnesota Farmers Union's state convention. The group is holding its yearly meeting Saturday and Sunday to discuss several issues before sending delegates to the national convention next year. For one, they will be debating the...Read More

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A difference of a few years in claiming Social Security can translate to tens of thousands of dollars in benefits. Credit: Social Security Administration

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When is the right time to begin claiming Social Security? It's a complex and personal decision, but experts say the payoff is there for those who can afford to wait. You can begin collecting at age 62, and Kristen Arnold, income security policy analyst with the National Academy ...Read More

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The ACLU in Minnesota and 10 other states has a new phone app to securely record and store their interactions with police. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After several phone videos of the police killings of unarmed black men and other misconduct have gone viral over the past two years, a civil rights group is rolling out a phone recording app today in 11 states including Minnesota. According to the ACLU, its Mobile Justice App will...Read More

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