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PNS Daily Newscast - October 22, 2018 


The Trump administration moves to narrow the definition of sexual identity. Also on the Monday rundown: is climate change causing a shift eastward for Tornado Alley? Plus Election Day should find more polling places on Nevada Tribal Lands.

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Public News Service - MN: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

New policies and a special task force are being promised following a report by the Star-Tribune that found police never assigned an investigator in 25 percent of the sexual-assault cases reported over a two-year period. (pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A policy designed to improve sex-assault investigations across Minnesota is now being promised by the chairman of the state's police licensing board following a newspaper report that documented extensive failings in police work on rape and other sexual assaults. Chairman Ti

A subcommittee on workplace safety and respect still plans to meet next week to discuss Minnesota Statehouse sexual harassment policies. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

ST. PAUL. Minn. – A bill aimed directly at combating sexual harassment in the Minnesota Legislature won't be coming up for a vote this session. House File 3728 had until last night to pass at least one committee in order to move forward. The bill would have created a citizen-led committee to

An estimated 100,000 demonstrators showed up at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Jan. 21, 2017. (Dan Luke)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – President Donald Trump was inaugurated Jan. 20, 2017. More than 100,000 Minnesotans remember Jan. 21, 2017 as the day they marched for women's rights. Most rallied at the State Capitol, but there were protests in Greater Minnesota, too. Demonstrations this weekend will

Data about who in Minnesota is homeless is released every three years by the Wilder Foundation. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

BRAINERD, Minn. – More than 600 people are brainstorming solutions to homelessness today and tomorrow in Brainerd. The annual conference of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless includes service providers, DHS staff, tribal leaders, legislators and people who are experiencing homelessness.

More than 250,000 Minnesotans have received concealed-carry permits since that legislation was passed in 2003. (Madison Scott-Clary/FlickR)

MINNEAPOLIS – Gun violence kills or injures almost 1,000 Minnesotans a year. And some of the best minds in the state aim to do something about it during the Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday. Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, executiv

There are about 18,000 day-care centers and 9,000 in-home child-care providers in Minnesota. (Grant Barrett/Creative Commons)<br />

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Tens of thousands of Minnesota children and their families stand to benefit from new federal requirements for child-care providers. There is new training in 11 specific areas for providers in the Child Care Assistance Program, from dispensing medicine to emergency preparedness. Co

A new approach to investigating child sexual abuse should better equip small towns to deal with the problem. (First Witness)

DULUTH, Minn. – A conference today in Duluth brings together police, lawyers, social workers and doctors for a new approach to helping victims of child sexual abuse. Instead of dealing separately with various agencies and professionals, victims are interviewed only one time. A video of that

Some Minnesotans will take part in National Gun Violence Awareness Day to honor those who've died from gun violence. (Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As gun related violence rises in some parts of Minnesota, local gun control advocates are wearing orange today to bring awareness to the issue. Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and several groups, including Everytown for Gun Safety, are taking a cue from the hu

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