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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 


Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 


Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - MN: Education

Minnesota has long struggled with gaps in test scores and graduation rates for various student groups. (Tamarcus Brown/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota would update language concerning education for students of all backgrounds. But an advocacy group says other racial gaps need to be addressed as well. Last week, former state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Federal

A children's advocacy group estimates that more than 219,000 of Minnesota's school-age children are alone and unsupervised in the hours after school. (Lukas/Pexels)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the academic year nears the halfway point, some communities in Minnesota are still struggling to make sure kids are spending quality time when classrooms let out for the day. Children's advocates say that's because years of funding cuts for after-school programs are showin

The annual Minnesota Kids Count Data Book says an accurate count of all children in the 2020 Census will go a long way to ensure that social services and support systems are well funded. (Getthepicture)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota needs to make sure all children are counted as part of the 2020 U.S. Census, according to an annual report that serves as an indicator of child and family well-being in the state. The new 2019 Kids Count Data Book says more than 7,000 Minnesota children from birth

The portion of school children who walk or bike to school has dramatically declined over the last 50 years. (Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Wednesday is National Bike or Walk to School Day, and participants say this is a good time to look at how Minnesotans can clear the path for students. Dorian Grilley is executive director with the Bike Alliance of Minnesota. He said getting to and from school can be a simpl

The Minnesota Department of Education and USDA are partnering to offer local meals this week. (Courtesy of Sarah Brouwer)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's Farm to Summer Week, and children throughout Minnesota are eating locally grown foods to celebrate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to children under 18 while school is out. Those meals are important. According to th

Research finds that kids retain retain lifelong healthy eating habits if they start eating nutritious food when they're young. (Lance Cheung/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers will introduce a measure today to bring schools and local farmers closer together. Alongside school nutrition coordinators, producers and healthy-food advocates, the bill's sponsors are launching a campaign at the Capitol to support farm-t

The Minneapolis Public Schools procured 130,000 pounds of produce from 15 farms in 2017. (wbaa.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — When the 2019 session convenes next month, Minnesota legislators will hear about the success of farm-to-school programs and how they could be improved with a centralized approach and additional state funding. Relying on locally sourced food would mean small farms can sell t

The Minnesota AFL-CIO and other advocates are conducting a statewide get-out-the-vote campaign (Galatas)

MINNEAPOLIS – If you haven't noticed an uptick in political ads blanketing the airwaves, not to mention yard signs sprouting up in your neighborhood, the 2018 mid-term election is just around the corner. On Nov. 6, Minnesota voters will elect a new governor. And both of the state's U.S. Sena

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