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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - MN: Housing/Homelessness

State officials say they anticipate Minnesota residents in need of new emergency housing assistance will be able to begin applying within the next month. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans struggling financially during the pandemic will see some more relief in trying to make their housing payments. The governor has announced a new round of assistance, and a key group hopes more long-term fixes are approved. Earlier this week, Gov. Tim Walz said that $10

The Minnesota Housing Partnership estimates that 85,000 residents living in affordable rental units could be displaced as a result of the economic downturn. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers are being asked to approve $100 million in emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent during the pandemic. The demand comes from a host of housing groups. They say despite the federal stimulus package and a separate relief plan approved by the Minne

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

The Twin cities added 2,365 affordable units in 2018, a number that is considered well below the pace to meet current needs. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Elected officials and social-service groups are pledging to make affordable housing a priority in the Twin Cities. But one agency says the metro area could see even greater numbers of people needing help with housing. The Metropolitan Council estimates that roughly 250,000 househ

Minnesota is currently the only state that does not license assisted-living facilities. (Sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota lawmakers consider new legislation to help prevent incidents of elder abuse, a new report uncovers the troubling scope of the problem. According to research released by Elder Voice Family Advocates, 128 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect have been reported at as

Workloads for Minnesota's state public defenders are too high and affect their ability to represent clients, according to a 2010 report from the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. (AJEL/Pixabay)

By Filiberto Nolasco Gomez / Broadcast version by Roz Brown Reporting for the Workday Minnesota-Minnesota News Connection Collaboration MINNEAPOLIS – Amy Kantorowicz is an investigator in the public defender's office. Her job varies and can include interviewing witnesses, filing Data Practic

Lack of affordable housing, loss of employment and chronic health conditions are the three top reasons people are homeless in Minnesota. (blogs.mprnews.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The annual Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Conference will be held in Duluth next week as Minneapolis responds to one of the largest homeless settlements the city has ever seen. While homeless camps in many cities are quickly demolished by law enforcement officials, M

More than 533,000 Minnesotans live in households below the federal poverty threshold, and a new report cites major gaps in racial disparity. (Chris Bastian/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota has a deadline to reduce poverty, and it's only two years away. Nine years ago, a bipartisan legislative commission studied poverty in the state and set out an ambitious plan to eliminate it. But time is running short, and Anne Krisnik, executive director of the Joint Re

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