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    PNS Weekend Update - February 13, 20160 


    Several stories on the list this weekend: federal agents are searching the scene of the standoff at the Oregon wildlife refuge; for college students it’s time to think about financial aid; California has a monumental moment with President Obama.

Public News Service - Minnesota

Religious leaders are once again asking for caps on payday loans in Minnesota. (iStockphoto)

MINNEAPOLIS – The push to rein in payday lending continues in Minnesota. A reform group – Minnesotans for Fair Lending – hosts what it calls a free educational event today in Minneapolis to help people avoid falling into the debt trap. Brian Rusche, executive director of the Jo...Read More

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A move to set up six weeks of paid parental leave is gaining support from Minnesota workers. (iStockphoto)

ST PAUL, Minn. - A plan to ensure that Minnesota state employees have six weeks of paid parental leave is earning praise from workers. Governor Mark Dayton's proposal is part of his supplemental budget package, which still needs approval from state lawmakers. The idea, however, falls in line with ...Read More

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Taxpayers can help protect non-game species, including Minnesota's state bird, the common loon, by making a donation on their state income-tax forms. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many of us are preparing our income taxes, one state agency is reminding Minnesotans there's an easy way to help protect wildlife at tax time. All it takes is checking the box on the state tax form to donate to the Nongame Wildlife Program, part of the Minnesota Department of...Read More

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Advocates for Minnesota's low-income families are pushing lawmakers to pass an increase in monthly cash assistance. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A year has passed since a state task force laid out solutions to some of the serious problems facing Minnesota's Family Investment Program, but not much has changed. Today, advocates for low-income families are in the Capitol, again asking lawmakers to implement some of the change...Read More

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The American Heart Association of Minnesota is encouraging people to wear red this Friday as a reminder that heart disease is a leading cause of death for women. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans are being encouraged to join a national push aimed at bringing awareness to women's heart health. Today is National Wear Red Day, and the American Heart Association is asking people to don the color to remind them heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in...Read More

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Nonprofit groups are pushing to renew access to the MinnesotaCare public insurance program. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With lawmakers set to consider the future of Minnesota's public health care programs, a nonprofit group is backing several proposals to expand access for low-income residents. Late last month, Gov. Mark Dayton's Health Care Finance Task Force laid out dozens of recommendati...Read More

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National soil health experts are heading to Minnesota to discuss solutions for farmland water pollution. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Flint, Michigan has garnered a lot of national attention over the water problems there, but water quality is a concern for many states, including Minnesota. Later this month Gov. Mark Dayton will hold a water quality summit, and this week, the Land Stewardship Project is ho...Read More

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Dozens of Minnesota parents are graduating from a cradle-to-college program aimed at curbing generational poverty. (NAZ)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Dozens of Minnesota parents will be honored this weekend by one of the state's most ambitious antipoverty community organizations. The Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis is hosting its Family Academy graduation ceremony on Saturday at Patrick Henry High School. Sondra Samue...Read More

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