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    PNS Daily News - December 18, 20140 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: a cyber threat produces a nationwide dump of a major motion picture; New York says no to fracking—at least for now; and on the West Coast on new coalition hooks-up venture capital with conservation.

Public News Service - Minnesota

PHOTO: The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is set for this evening, honoring people in the state who died this year while homeless. Photo credit: Simpson Housing Services.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - As Minnesota prepares to enter a new year, those who died in the state over the past 12 months while homeless are being remembered tonight. The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is organized by Simpson Housing Services. While it will be held in Minneapo...Read More

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PHOTO: Even elves can feel the effects of stress and fatigue this year. Experts say it's important to find ways to minimize or avoid at least some of your own holiday stress triggers, even if they involve family members. Photo credit: Dylan Tweney/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be the "lump of coal" in some people's Christmas stockings. According to the American Psychological Association, fatigue and stress are the top sources of negative feelings...Read More

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PHOTO: Toy guns are the most often cited culprits when it comes to toys and childhood eye injuries in the U.S. Photo credit: Ben Harwood/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As parents across Minnesota continue to pack the malls and stores, a reminder that some gifts for their children can bring pain as well as joy. Thousands of accidents in the U.S. each year involving children and toys result in eye injuries and even blindness. Optometrist J...Read More

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PHOTO: A memorial service will be held in Duluth today to honor the 26 victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. nearly two years ago. Photo credit: Neil Wilkie/Flickr.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Sunday marks the second anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the victims are being remembered at events in Minnesota and across the nation. Twenty children along with six adults were killed in the massacre on Dec. 14, 20...Read More

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PHOTO: The nation's crop insurance program has gone from safety net to a farm policy disaster, according to a new series of white papers from the Land Stewardship Project. Photo credit: Paul Schultz/Flickr.

MANKATO, Minn. - Originally intended as a safety net against weather extremes for family farmers when established in the 1930s, a new analysis of subsidized crop insurance says it's putting the future vitality of small towns and rural Minnesota at stake. The report also says that by providing guara...Read More

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PHOTO: If GMCC doesn't reach its fundraising goals by Dec. 29, President Noya Woodrich will get into a treehouse and stay there until the goal is met. Photo credit: GMCC

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's economic rebound has led to a years' low jobless rate and a budget surplus of a $1 billion, but for many of the state's families on the edge financially there's been very little, if any, improvement. Noya Woodrich, president and CEO with the Greater Minneapolis Council ...Read More

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PHOTO: Minnesota families carry a higher cost burden for child care than families in most other states, according to a new report from Child Care Aware of America. Photo credit: Jackie/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is among the states where child care is least affordable, according to the latest research. The report from Child Care Aware of America ranks Minnesota with the fourth-highest burden in the nation when comparing the average cost against average income. However, Ann McCu...Read More

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PHOTO: The new state budget forecast is projecting a $1 billion surplus, and that has some Minnesota groups pushing for investments in areas such as early education and child care. Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It appears Minnesota has fully regained its financial footing post-recession, with the latest state budget forecast projecting a surplus of $1 billion. The new estimate paints a vastly brighter picture than that of just three years ago, when the state was facing a deficit of more ...Read More

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