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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

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California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Lawmakers Urged to Keep Up Fight Against AIDS

March 6, 2007

Today is "AIDS Action Day" at the Minnesota State Capitol. Organizers say more than 100 people are expected to attend a noon rally at the Statehouse to show support for measures to prevent and treat the disease.

Amy Brugh of the Minnesota AIDS Project helped organized the annual event, which she says is intended to remind Minnesotans that, while those with the disease are living longer, some realities haven't changed.

"We want to make sure people understand that there's no cure for HIV, there's no vaccine for HIV. HIV is still a real health issue in Minnesota, in the United States, and around the world."

Brugh explains this year's priority is to maintain funding for a statewide, toll-free AIDS hotline (1-800-248-AIDS) run by the Minnesota AIDS Project that offers information, support and referrals to AIDS patients and their families. Two bills in the legislature, SF 678 and HF 942, have been introduced to continue funding the hotline.

About 5,000 Minnesotans live with HIV, with 300 new cases diagnosed each year. Brugh says research shows that the demographics of HIV infection are shifting.

"One of the things that has changed with HIV is that more and more women are being infected by their heterosexual male partners. That's a real concern, and a reason why we want to focus our efforts on HIV prevention messages."

Perhaps the most worrisome fact, according to Brugh, is not a statistic: There are Minnesotans who have the virus, but don't know it. That is why it's so important, she says, to maintain education and medical outreach efforts.

Jim Wishner/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - MN