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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - MN: Health

Groups such as AARP hope Minnesota seniors can access help if their normal support structure is affected by the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Senior citizens across Minnesota might find it harder to get access to supplies or crucial information during the pandemic, but a leading nonprofit is rolling out several initiatives to make sure they're not isolated from help. Public-health officials have urged residents to sta

Much like homeless shelters in the U.S., groups that provide international aid say the new coronavirus could spread rapidly through refugee camps. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- An international relief group based in Minnesota is used to responding to conflicts all over the globe, but the pandemic has left it with a situation it's never dealt with before. The group Alight provides humanitarian and disaster relief to refugees in countries such as Rwanda and

A study by the Wilder Foundation says roughly 20,000 people experience homelessness on a given night in Minnesota. (Adobe Stock)

DULUTH, Minn. - State government agencies have taken steps to protect Minnesotans who are homeless during the pandemic - but aid groups say they're seeing growing challenges by the day, and more help is needed. Nonprofits that help people living on the streets say many shelters were already at or n

A stay at home order has been issued for Minnesota residents in response to the pandemic. It begins at midnight on Friday, and is expected to last for two weeks. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Between now and midnight Friday, Minnesotans are urged to prepare for two weeks under a stay at home order issued by the governor, in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged the state would not be able to flatten the curve of infections by maintai

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says his office has received complaints of one store selling a 36-roll pack of toilet paper for nearly $80. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's attorney general says there's been an upswing in reports of price gouging as the global pandemic unfolds. The findings come after Gov. Tim Walz signed an emergency order banning the practice. Attorney General Keith Ellison said he has received more than 300 price-goug

Groups such as the American Heart Association say during the COVID-19 pandemic, parents should avoid allowing kids to raid the pantry or fridge for unhealthy snacks. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- With Minnesota schools closed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, parents may be trying to impose more structure at home than they're used to. Health experts say being flexible and creative can help families don't stay on track with healthy habits. Sueling Schardin is a regist

Minnesota schools are closed, at least through March 27, leaving many parents who can't work from home scrambling for care in the new coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota parents who can't work from home are struggling to find care for their kids during mandatory school closures prompted by the new coronavirus. Children's advocates hope the state takes further action to ensure the care system doesn't fall apart. State leaders are in the

Local governments are trying to find ways to help Minnesotans who are homeless protect themselves from coronavirus exposure, and also taking steps such as suspending water shutoffs for renters and homeowners. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Advocates for homeless Minnesotans say it isn't easy for people living on the streets or in shelters to protect themselves from the new coronavirus -- and local governments are responding to those concerns. This week, two of the state's most populous counties -- Hennepin and Rams

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