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PNS Daily Newscast - June 2, 2020 


President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - MN: Health

Minnesota recently became the 25th state to adopt a Tobacco 21

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The people behind Minnesota's smoking prevention efforts say they won't let up, even though they've seen a major victory this legislative session. The signing of the Tobacco 21 bill by Gov. Tim Walz came nearly two weeks ago, as lawmakers debated other matters related to the cor

School nurses and pediatricians worry that students with chronic health issues aren't getting all the help they need during the crisis, and that a growing number with mental-health issues are losing access to screening. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The pandemic is a special concern for anyone dealing with chronic health issues, including students. In Minnesota, school nurses are trying to help with gaps, and looking ahead to eventual reopening. Before classrooms closed, said Tom Stinson, a licensed nurse at Harding High Sch

Minnesota is joining other states in slowly reopening their economies during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There will be no extension of Minnesota's current stay-at-home order that was prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. In a statewide address Wednesday night, Gov. Tim Walz said it will expire at midnight Monday. In making his announcement, Walz noted that Minnesota's receptivene

A new report says among the top-selling collagen supplements sold online, 64% tested positive for measurable levels of arsenic, while 37% contained measurable levels of lead. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Supplements that promise healthier skin and other benefits are very popular right now, but a new report says some of them contain heavy metals that could be harmful to users. The study by the Organic Consumers Association and Clean Label Project looked at nearly 30 of the top-selling

Brad Miller's family, above, takes part in the Twin Cities Heart Walk each year to honor his legacy. Family members will be among the many to participate in this year's virtual walk, which was forced to change formats in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AHA)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nonprofit organizations face major obstacles in carrying out large fundraisers during the coronavirus pandemic. The same is true for Minnesota organizations, but one group is giving it a try in the virtual world. The Minnesota chapter of the American Heart Association will hold

After the pandemic took hold, Minnesota saw a nearly $4 billion swing from positive territory to negative territory in its state budget. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In the span of two months, Minnesota's budget has taken a pandemic-driven turn off of a cliff. And that prompts fears about how a large deficit will impact social programs and residents in need. Earlier this year, Minnesota had a $1.5 billion surplus. But the COVID-19 crisis w

Experts say health care workers are experiencing

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- From devastation in hospitals to fears of infecting family members, health care workers are taking on added stress during the pandemic. Some Minnesota nurses recently shared how the crisis is affecting their mental well-being. A New York City doctor's suicide last month brought

Minnesota health officials say more than 20 long-term care facilities across the state have more than 20 COVID-19 cases each. But a lot more have just one case so far. (Adobe Stock)

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Residents of long-term care facilities in Minnesota make up nearly 80% of the state's COVID-19 fatalities. Staff members are stepping up their fight against the pandemic, but still need key resources. Outbreaks at some Minnesota nursing homes have caught the public's attention,

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