PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 

The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also on the Thursday rundown: New York sues the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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Public News Service - MN: Arts & Culture

The Trump administration's reinstatement of a travel ban to Cuba makes it far more difficult for Americans to visit, reducing tourism dollars local residents had come to rely on. (hoeldino/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota was at the forefront of bringing a slice of American culture to Cuba in 2015, but any continuation of that effort was sharply curtailed last week when the Trump administration announced new travel restrictions to the country. Four years ago, the Minnesota Orchestr

The death toll in Puerto Rico is still rising in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Maria, and Minnesotans are finding ways to help. (Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A jam session this week in St. Paul will raise money to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which hit almost a month ago. The death toll still is climbing and most of the island still is desperate for safe drinking water. Musician Maria Isa Pérez

The 2016 Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College considered disparities in the global economy; this year, the focus is reproductive technology.  (Gustavus Adolphus College)

ST. PETER, Minn. – For 53 years, the Nobel Conference has brought leading thinkers to the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter. Starting on Tuesday, this year's conference theme is advances in reproductive technology, including male birth control and fetal gene transplants. Confer

Jill Pavlak (right) worked in liquor stores and restaurants to learn how to run her own brewery with her wife, Deb Loch.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – AARP Minnesota and a civic engagement group called Pollen are honoring 50 Minnesotans over age 50. The award smashes the myth that older people are washed up. Instead, the honorees are doing groundbreaking work in their communities. They come from all over the state and f

Ahead of the 51st anniversary of the voting rights marches in Selma, Ala., an interfaith group is celebrating the works of the

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Now that we're in the final weeks of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights marches in Selma, Alabama, a group of Minnesota interfaith leaders is celebrating the public justice works of a Midwest nun who was there. The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition is hosting a viewi

PHOTO: The American Indian Math Project mixes culture with many hands-on learning experiences in helping prepare the youth for higher education and the 21st century workforce. CREDIT: DIW

MINNEAPOLIS – Many children might groan at the thought of having to learn math and science over summer vacation, but a unique effort in Minnesota is finding success. It’s the American Indian Math Project through the Minneapolis School District and the Division of Indian Work. Louise

PHOTO: Last fall, Minnesotans rejected a proposed state constitution ban on gay marriage. Now, just six months later, the state is close to making same sex marriage legal. The House will take up the marriage equity bill today and if passed, the Senate will vote on Monday. CREDIT: Fibonacci Blue

ST. PAUL, Minn. - An historic vote at the State Capitol today, as the Minnesota House approved a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The state Senate will take up the marriage equality bill on Monday. Governor Mark Dayton has indicated he would sign the legislation It is an issue that has d

MINNEAPOLIS - For the first time in 25 years, the band that backed Prince during his "Purple Rain" years is coming together for a show in Minneapolis, in partnership with the American Heart Association. The reunion of The Revolution was the idea of drummer Bobby Z, who survived a near-fatal heart at

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