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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - MN: Education

Over the summer, a new report says, Black college enrollment saw a major decline in the United States. The trend is highest at community colleges, with a drop of more than 10%. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- The pandemic has brought a host of disparities for Black Americans, and college enrollment could be among them. A Minnesota advocacy group says the health crisis might add to existing barriers facing students in the region. The latest findings from the National Student Clearinghouse

According to a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute, Minneapolis has 32 times more tobacco retailers than McDonald's eateries, and 14 times more than Starbucks stores. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Many tobacco retailers are located near public schools and in low-income neighborhoods, according to a new study. It maps out the industry's presence in 30 U.S. cities, including Minneapolis. The study found in Minneapolis, 52% of public schools are within 1,000 feet of a tobacco ret

A new compilation of medical research shows kids in the United States aren't getting enough physical activity, and also are not engaged in sustained periods of exercise. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A group of doctors has compiled research that suggests young children aren't playing enough, or long enough. The new medical summary was done in conjunction with the American Heart Association and underscores barriers some kids in Minnesota face in staying fit. The doctors say

Each school district in Minnesota will decide on reopening plans based on localized COVID-19 data. (Adobe stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - School districts in Minnesota will reopen this fall either in person, with distance learning or a hybrid of the two. The plan announced yesterday by Gov. Tim Walz calls for school districts to decide how they'll reopen based on their local COVID-19 conditions. State officials wil

With a little more than a month before the new academic year begins, parents across Minnesota have been waiting nervously to see how state leaders and educators plan to handle learning this fall with the pandemic still in effect. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- State leaders soon will announce their strategy for schools this fall with the pandemic still a public health crisis. Expected scenarios include in-person classes, a return to distance learning, or a hybrid. But for some parents, all options pose a challenge. When Minnesota schools

An annual child well-being report says 25% of Minnesota kids ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, a rate well below the national average of 31%. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota gets another high ranking in a national report that measures the well-being of children, although this year's data was compiled before the pandemic, and concerns remain about longstanding gaps affecting children of color. The aecf.org.annual report from the Annie E Case

Minnesota's nearly 900,000 K-12 students have gotten their schooling mostly online since late March. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For the rest of the school year, Minnesota students will have to learn remotely from their homes, as Gov. Tim Walz has extended school closures in response to the pandemic. Calling it a "heartbreaking" decision, Walz -- a former teacher -- says classrooms will not reopen at any

State education officials say the number of special education students in Minnesota gradually has increased over the years. The number now stands at roughly 150,000. (Adobe Stock)

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Teachers across Minnesota, including special education teachers, are overcoming obstacles to carry out distance learning during the global health crisis. But longstanding federal funding shortages present challenges for the current situation, as well as the future, educators

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