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    PNS Daily News - July 7, 20150 


    A variety of issues on today's nationwide rundown including; Kentucky getting feedback on updated fracking regulations, while activists are arrested in California protesting oil trains; a U-S District Judge being asked to intervene in the Illinois budget mess to protect vulnerable children; and a wild ride for Washington State workers comes to a happy ending.

Public News Service - Minnesota

PHOTO: With eight such heatstroke deaths in the U.S. already this year, parents in Minnesota and nationwide are being reminded never to leave children inside a vehicle unattended. Photo credit: Chris Wiegand/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the Fourth of July holiday now in the books, it's straight ahead to Minnesota's hottest days of summer - and parents are being reminded of the dangers when it comes to children, vehicles and heatstroke. There are children every year who die after being left in the heat in a ...Read More

Public News Service - MN

GRAPH: With most workers in Minnesota and across the U.S. now in charge of their own retirement with IRAs and 401(k)s, the Department of Labor has proposed that all brokers and financial advisers who provide retirement advice should be subject to a fiduciary duty. Graph courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The way retirement is funded for most Minnesotans has changed dramatically over the past few decades and with workers taking on more of the liability and risk, efforts are underway to better protect their savings. Public comments are now being taken on a proposal from the U...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: Minnesota's large population of immigrants from West Africa has a new place to go to get help with a variety of needs, including job assistance and legal help. The new West African Family and Community Services will be housed at a church on the border of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, with much of the population living in that area of the Twin Cities. Photo courtesy GMCC.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has one of the nation's largest populations of immigrants from West Africa and a new facility opening today seeks to better connect it with the services and resources the immigrants need. After being housed in north Minneapolis for many years, West African Family and C...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: You can still check out books at Minnesota libraries such as Thorson Memorial in Elbow Lake, but there's much more than happening these days at these community cornerstones. Photo courtesy Thorson Memorial Library.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a new chapter for many Minnesota libraries, with a transition in these changing times to becoming a cornerstone for communities beyond just the offering of books. At Thorson Memorial Library in Elbow Lake, one focus over the past few years has been on programming that ...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: With legal problems among the social determinants that can have a negative impact on health, several new locations for Medical Legal Partnerships soon will be operating in Minnesota. The partnerships have attorneys stationed at clinics so patients can get free legal advice and help while also being treated for their health issues. Photo courtesy Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Just like many other external factors, legal issues can have a negative impact on people's health, and unique efforts to provide treatment for both at the same time are expanding in Minnesota. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation this week approved grants ...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: With the University of Minnesota budget set and contract negotiations getting underway, employees such as AFSCME member Ruth Martin say it's time to narrow the gap between the best and worst paid. Photo by Michael Kuchta/AFSCME Local 3800.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As contract negotiations get underway, front-line workers at the University of Minnesota say it's time to close the gap between top and bottom pay. Cherrene Horazuk, a university clerical worker and president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employee...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: MAPE member and mother of four Kirsten Partenheimer is urging Minnesota to provide six weeks of paid parental leave for state employees for both biological and adopted children. Photo credit: Kirsten Partenheimer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As contract negotiations continue for thousands of state workers, one priority for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) is to have their next deal include paid parental leave. The number of cities and private businesses in Minnesota that now offer paid ...Read More

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PHOTO: Minnesota is taking action to help try to determine causes of, and cures for, Alzheimer's disease, the fastest-growing medical condition in the nation. Photo credit: michael_swan/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With the number of Minnesotans with Alzheimer's and related forms of dementia on the rise, the state is stepping up to support efforts around research and public awareness. The final budget agreed upon by lawmakers and the governor sets aside $1 million for research into the...Read More

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