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    PNS Weekend Update - Saturday October 3, 20150 

    Today’s rundown highlights several stories including: Americans aboard a missing cargo ship in Hurricane Joaquin’s path; new details in Thursday’s deadly shooting rampage at an Oregon college; and the effectiveness of talk therapy found to be overrated.

Public News Service - Minnesota

The rusty patched bumble bee used to be common in parts of the state, but has seen its population plummet in recent years. Courtesy: Rich Hatfield/The Xerces Society

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Protections could be on the way for a bumblebee that used to be commonly found in parts of Minnesota and across the Upper Midwest, but is now threatened with extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun a year-long review to determine if an Endangered Species Ac...Read More

Public News Service - MN

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ran for president on his record of confrontation with unions, and his hard free-market policies. Courtesy: AFSCME

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The failure of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's presidential campaign is a big victory for labor, and Minnesota unions say it shows the weakness of his hard free-market ideology. Walker looked like a serious contender for the GOP nomination this summer, but after he failed to make 1 ...Read More

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New research shows it will take nearly another half-century to close the gender pay gap in the U.S. Credit: Kagenmi/Fotolia.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Women won't be paid the same rate as men until the year 2059 if current conditions prevail, according to a report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Study director Jessica Milli says the median income for women working full-time was over $10,000 less than men in...Read More

Public News Service - MN

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Credit: SilviaJansen

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Fall officially arrives on Wednesday and with it, Falls Prevention Awareness Day, calling attention to the frequency and seriousness of falls among older people, and ways to prevent them. It's estimated that one in three people over age 65 takes a major, unexpected tumble a...Read More

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Minnesota's child poverty rate rose to 14.9 percent last year, with nearly 189,000 kids in the state now living in poverty. Credit: Linda Kloosterhof.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Despite the economic improvements of recent years, the number of Minnesota children who are living in poverty is on the rise. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the child poverty rate in the state increased from 14 percent in 2013 to 14.9 percent last year. Even more alarming, s...Read More

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Another outbreak of avian influenza could hit this fall, after nearly 50-million birds were lost with the spring eruption of the disease. Credit: Bart Sadowski.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the poultry industry in Minnesota and across the Midwest works to rebound from the spring outbreak of avian influenza, there are predictions that another round of the disease will hit this fall. Dale Wiehoff, director of communications for the Institute for Agriculture a...Read More

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Tons of fresh, locally grown produce are finding their way to food shelves statewide as part of the Harvest Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare. Credit: Minnesota FoodShare.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After months of labor, the harvest is bountiful in many home gardens across the state and a growing amount of that fresh produce is going to families in need. The Harvest Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare seeks to get locally grown produce and other healthy offerings to foo...Read More

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An initiative aimed at low-income students plans to help them gain job skills and a living wage after high school graduation. Credit: idealistock.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - For more than a fourth of Minnesota high school seniors, this will be their last year of formal schooling, and new efforts in parts of the state aim to ensure that those entering the workforce upon graduation will be ready. Tanya Paley, director of strategic operations for the Uni...Read More

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