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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - MN: Education

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers are trying to get a state budget to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk by the Easter break, and so far GOP leaders have justified a cuts-only approach, citing "out-of-control spending" they say is not sustainable. But how much does government actually cost Minnesotans? Th

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota schools are embracing locally produced food, according to a new report. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) study shows a dramatic increase in Farm to School initiatives in Minnesota. A survey of 165 school districts - half those in Minnesota - found that t

WILLMAR, Minn. - During the school year, one Minnesota child in three relies on free or reduced-price school meals for two-thirds of their daily food intake, and yet many low-income children continue to go without the food they need. In that situation, one popular nutrition initiative may help rea

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday laid out what he calls a five-point plan for the prosperity of Minnesota. His plan, announced in his first "State of the State" address, includes investment in jobs, education, transportation, health and improved government. Jim Monroe, executive dire

ST. PAUL, Minn. - On Thursday, the Minnesota Senate voted to cut $830 million of spending in the upcoming budget cycle, and an additional $125 million from the budget that ends June 30 - a package similar to the House version that passed last week. The bill makes permanent the reductions to local go

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota schools may not be making the grade in the number of low-income children who participate in school breakfast, according to a new national report, and that means the state could lose millions in federal dollars. While the number of children eating school breakfast has increas

MINNEAPOLIS - As Americans celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., African-American leaders locally and nationally are calling for action to help the nation's black children. Two newly released reports commissioned by the Children's Defense Fund chronicle a growing crisis in the black c

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The teen birth rate in Minnesota has dropped, and it's part of a national trend. According to a report just released by the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the national teen birth rate dropped 6 percent, hitting a new historic low: 39.1 births per thousand teenagers in 2

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