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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 


    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Public News Service - Minnesota

PHOTO: Five high school seniors each will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship Saturday at the 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Celebration from Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. (Left to right: Martell Person, Makayla Hout, Kao Soua Yang, Nasro Mohamed, Randy Mathews) Photo credit: Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The path to future success can be tough for any teen, but many face major life challenges and prevail. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, five of the state's high school seniors who have beaten the odds are being honored. Among them is Kou Soua Yang at Johnson Se...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: The tax filing deadline has arrived, and that means a federal income tax bill of more than $12,000 for the average Minnesota taxpayer. Photo credit: John Morgan/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Taxes are on the minds of many Minnesotans with today's tax-filing deadline, and a new analysis examines where exactly federal income tax dollars go. The National Priorities Project crunched the numbers, and research director Lindsay Koshgarian said out of every federal income tax...Read More

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PHOTO: It may seem like a good deal, but Minnesota safety officials say car seats should not be purchased at garage sales, as they may be damaged, have missing parts, may be broken or could have been part of a recall. Photo credit: John Michaelson.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the start of garage sale season, a reminder that there may be appealing deals for products like car seats, but buying used seats could also be dangerous. Heather Darby with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says it's recommended people do not purchase car seats at gar...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: As lawmakers debate various proposals for improving the access to and quality of early childhood education in Minnesota, advocates this week are celebrating the Week of the Young Child. Photo credit: davitydave/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - This is the Week of the Young Child in Minnesota, set aside to recognize the importance of quality early life experiences for all kids, which has has been a focus this year at the State Capitol. Karen Fogolin, associate director with Child Care Aware of Minnesota, says making su...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: The battle over how best to negotiate foreign trade agreements is expected to soon heat up in Washington, D.C., as the Obama administration pushes for fast-track authority on deals such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Photo credit: greensefa/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A growing coalition of American food and farm groups is calling for rejection of a plan to give President Obama fast-track negotiating authority on foreign-trade agreements. The proposal, which may be introduced as early as next week, would allow the administration to negotiate tr...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: New protections against hostile work environments are coming for state employees, as Minnesota Management and Budget releases a new Respectful Workplace Policy. Photo credit: John Michaelson.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After more than three years in the making, Minnesota today is rolling out new rules to help prevent bullying on the job for the state's nearly 40,000 public employees. The Respectful Workplace Policy was created by Minnesota Management and Budget with input from such groups as the...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study finds Minnesota in a better position than most states when it comes to bridges, but the analysis also found 830 of the state's bridges to be structurally deficient. Photo credit: Anthony Arrigo/Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - As Minnesota lawmakers debate differing plans over how much to spend on transportation and how to pay for it, a new study finds the state is in a better position than most when it comes to bridges. The analysis, conducted by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (A...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: The number of Minnesota child-care providers participating in the Parent Aware voluntary rating system is now at about 1,900 and continues to grow. Photo credit: U.S. Army/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The number of Minnesota child-care providers helping to raise the bar on quality continues to grow, but a new study also finds there is plenty of room for more to get on board. Parent Aware is a voluntary program that rates providers on a scale of one to four stars, allowing famil...Read More

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