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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

Public News Service - Minnesota

Some Minnesota health care advocates are trying to remove the social stigmas surrounding mental illness through educational events as part of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mental illness may be affecting more Minnesotans than you think, as health professionals say about 224,000 people receive mental health services in the state. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it's being used as a time to remember that those who are seeking treatment...Read More

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Anti-poverty groups are urging the Minnesota Senate to consider boosting a monthly cash assistance program for low-income families for the first time in 30 years. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state Senate continues to debate its budget plan today, anti-poverty advocates are urging lawmakers to boost funding for a program aimed at helping low-income families. Supporters of the Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, say the amount of cash assistance ...Read More

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Job safety advocates are holding events around Minnesota to remember those who've died on the job as part of National Workers' Memorial Day. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, a time of remembrance and action for workers who have been killed or seriously hurt on the job. Several unions under the Minnesota AFL-CIO are holding events around the state to call attention to the need for better workplace safety. ...Read More

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A Minnesota Senate committee hears from the public today about a bill to require universal background checks for gun purchases in the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Legislation to strengthen background checks for gun buyers in Minnesota gets a public hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would require universal background checks for anyone who buys firearms in the state. Current Minnesota law does not require that private...Read More

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A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows having an incarcerated parent can seriously hinder life opportunities for thousands of Minnesota children. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Thousands of Minnesota children have at least one parent who has spent time in prison, and a report released today shows those children also may have fewer opportunities in life. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report shows that about 67,000 Minnesota children have had a pare...Read More

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Even as air-pollution monitoring standards get tougher, a new report shows Minnesota's air quality continues to improve. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Air quality in Minnesota is improving, according to the new State of the Air report from the American Lung Association. Out of 14 Minnesota counties with air-quality monitors, the report gives 13 passing grades in regard to ozone pollution. But counties such as Anoka, which got...Read More

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Minnesota labor unions say a bill being considered by House lawmakers today is an attack on workers' rights. (AFSCME Council 5)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Lawmakers in the Minnesota House today are considering a bill that some state unions say would lead the state down the same path as Wisconsin when it comes to labor negotiations. AFSCME Council 5, One of Minnesota's largest public employee unions, argues the bill contains "Wiscon...Read More

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Senior advocates are touring Minnesota to talk about ideas that could help make the state more friendly for the aging population, which is expected to double in the coming decade. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With Minnesota's aging population expected to double over the next decade, senior advocates are touring the state to talk with residents about their policy priorities. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's staff and AARP Minnesota are holding a series of Serving Our Seniors meetings this ...Read More

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