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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

Public News Service - Minnesota

PHOTO: Supporters of Gov. Mark Dayton's buffer-strip proposal are calling one of the most significant farmland stewardship initiatives for water quality and wildlife habitat in decades. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, where water quality is key to quality of life, supporters of the buffer-strip proposal from Gov. Mark Dayton say it would have a positive impact for generations to come. The legislation would require farms to have 50 feet of perennial vegetation around...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: Judy Gregg of St. Luke Presbyterian Church, Wayzata, was instrumental in planting an expansive garden to benefit a local food shelf. Photo courtesy Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With just days left before the end of the month, the state's largest annual food drive is falling short, although the need to feed families who are struggling financially remains strong. The goal of the March Campaign is to raise enough money and food to support 300 food she...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: A Minnesota nonprofit organization is reporting success in helping keep former inmates from returning to prison by linking them with opportunities for employment and housing. Photo credit: Krystian Olszanski/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A program in Minnesota is making great strides in helping African-American men who are getting out of prison stay out - and also work toward getting out of poverty. Thomas Adams, president and chief executive of Better Futures of Minnesota, said key to the nonprofit group's succes...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: Minnesotans are being urged to "Rethink Your Drink" with one 12-ounce soda having around 40 grams of sugar, which in itself is more than the daily recommendation on added sugars from the American Heart Association. Photo credit: Shardayyy/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - March is National Nutrition Month, and those across the state wanting to make some positive changes are being told to "Rethink Your Drink." Donna McDuffie, nutrition coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health, says far too many children and adults are getting an unhealt...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: According to a new report released by a broad coalition of organizations, LGBT women in Minnesota and around the country face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care and heightened violence that threatens their economic security. Photo credit:  martinak15/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - More than 11 percent of Minnesotans live in poverty, and a new report finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender women are among those most at risk. The findings were released by a broad coalition of organizations including the National Women's Law Center. Fatima Goss Grave...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: A groundbreaking new study released today identifies, for the first time, some of the treatable factors which can prevent chronic kidney disease in children. Photo credit: Sandra Lea Abrams/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - New hope is on the horizon for children suffering from chronic kidney disease, thanks to the results of a study released Thursday that, for the first time, identifies some of the factors that can lead to kidney failure. Dr. Bradley Warady was the co-principal investigator on the s...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: A committee hearing is set for today on a bill to provide funding for mobile food-shelf programs in Minnesota. Supporters say mobile pantries are more efficient and economical and can reach those families that lack transportation options. Photo credit: The Open Door.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota families who struggle with hunger often face a number of other challenges such as transportation - and a bill up for a hearing today at the state Capitol aims to make sure that getting to the food they need isn't one of them. Peter Woitock, a community organizer for Hung...Read More

Public News Service - MN

PHOTO: Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to approve a bill to update standards for physical-education classes in schools and set grade-specific benchmarks. Photo credit: Jim Larrison/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Getting regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to combat childhood obesity, and a bill awaiting a hearing at the state Capitol aims to make sure Minnesota school children are being active. State Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, said the legislation calls for the updating of s...Read More

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