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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2018 


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Public News Service - MN: Health Issues

Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34, emphasizing the need for awareness during Suicide Prevention Week. (pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Suicide rates have been on the rise since 1999, and Minnesota is not immune. From 2006 to 2016, the state's suicide rate jumped 40.6 percent. During National Suicide Prevention Week, which continues through Saturday, it's noteworthy that U.S. suicide rates were highest for

Supporters of licensing for assisted-living facilities rallied this week in the Minnesota State Capitol. But are lawmakers listening? (AARP Minnesota)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With less than a week left in the Minnesota legislative session, it's unclear whether either house will pass meaningful elder-care legislation. Advocates for seniors say abuse in assisted-living facilities has reached crisis levels, with about 400 cases reported across the

Funding in the Safe Routes to School proposal would affect nearly 100 schools and 24,000 students. (Pawpaw67/Flicker)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wednesday is National Bike and Walk to School Day, but many Minnesota school children won't be participating because of safety issues. In 2015, about 12,000 children were injured and almost 200 killed while walking or biking, so children’s safety advocates say it's no

Most people assume 911 operators can guide them through CPR if needed over the phone, but only 50-60 percent can actually do so. (Emmet Tullos/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Almost 90 percent of Americans believe they can get instructions on how to perform CPR if needed, when they call 911. The reality is, only 50-60 percent of dispatchers are trained to give those instructions. The American Heart Association is backing legislation to require t

Minnesota calls to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline are currently rerouted to Crisis Connection. (Pinc Floit/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Crisis Connection, which is operated by Canvas Health, has answered Minnesota calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for decades - but says it might stop if it doesn't get some funding from the state. The company had requested almost $1.4 million in state funding last l

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MINNEAPOLIS — There have been at least four incidents of animals, people or both falling through ice and needing rescue in Minnesota communities in recent days. In one case, a dog ran out onto a lake in Lino Lakes, broke through, and its owner ran after the dog and also fell in. In the Twin

The Minnesota Department of Health says almost every state has experienced a record-breaking flu season. (Jeremy Tenenbaum/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's been a record-breaking flu season, but it seems things have turned a corner. The Minnesota Department of Health reports there were more than 100 flu-related hospitalizations in the state the week ending March 10. But that's about half the number reported the previous w

Parents are reminded during this National Poison Control Week not to take medications in front of young children, who are more likely to mimic them with serious consequences. (User Jaime/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This is National Poison Prevention Week - and in Minnesota, the goal is to dispel some common myths about whether and when to call the Poison Help Hotline or head to an emergency room. More than 40,000 calls are made to the Minnesota Poison Control System every year, but acc

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