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PNS Daily Newscast - June 19, 2019 


President Trump kicks off his reelection campaign. Also on today's rundown: A Maryland clergyman testifies in Congress on reparations for slavery; and how a reinstated travel ban will affect cultural crossovers between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Public News Service - MN: Livable Wages/Working Families

A bill in the Minnesota Legislature would create a paid-leave insurance policy to cover a portion of wages while workers care for sick family members or new additions to the family. Pictured: MAPE member Miguel Lindgren with his wife Monica and daughter Camila. (MAPE)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As Minnesota lawmakers consider a proposal to provide all employees with paid family leave, workers who already have paid parental-leave benefits are speaking out. Miguel Lindgren and his wife were both adopted into Minnesota families, and have decided to grow their family

The current federal minimum wage, $7.25 per hour, has not increased since July 2009. (Consumerist.Com/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS — A new report says black workers in Minnesota and across the country would see the biggest boost if Congress raises the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 would increase wages for 38 percent of all African-American workers, and 23 percent of whit

Federal law allows 60 percent of the U.S. workforce to take unpaid time off to care for a sick family member or new child, but many workers in rural communities canít afford to skip a paycheck.(Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U. of Minn.)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As legislators at the Minnesota State Capitol debate a paid family and medical leave policy, a new report from the University of Minnesota says the state's rural residents face the greatest need for this type of benefit. Report author Debra Fitzpatrick says multiple trends

Helping families with the cost and availability of child care and health care is the focus of the first three bills filed in this year's Minnesota Legislature. (yohoprashant/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Taking care of children is labor intensive, which means it's also expensive, and that's why children's advocates say a bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature is needed urgently. Known as the Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act, it would invest in prenatal care, home v

State and county workers in Minnesota are working hard to make sure the state's 500,000 low-income people receive their February food stamp benefits early, despite a partial federal government shutdown.(Twenty20)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As the partial federal government shutdown drags on, the United States Department of Agriculture will pay February's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds starting in late January rather than on the regular schedule. Colleen Moriarty, executive director with Hunge

The uninsured rate for Minnesota children is at an all-time low, but the trend toward more coverage stalled in 2017. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After a decade of progress, the number of uninsured children went up last year, nationwide. In an annual report released today, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found more than 275,000 kids became uninsured in 2017, bringing the total number without

Minnesota traditionally has the nation's highest voter turnout and this year is no exception, with voter attention on health care and tariffs. (mhealth.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Healthcare and especially coverage of pre-existing conditions will be deciding factors for many U.S. citizens voting in tomorrow's midterms. Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies are not allowed to refuse coverage or charge more when people have health c

The Minnesota AFL-CIO and other advocates are conducting a statewide get-out-the-vote campaign (Galatas)

MINNEAPOLIS – If you haven't noticed an uptick in political ads blanketing the airwaves, not to mention yard signs sprouting up in your neighborhood, the 2018 mid-term election is just around the corner. On Nov. 6, Minnesota voters will elect a new governor. And both of the state's U.S. Sena

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