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PNS Daily Newscast - July 10, 2020 


The Supreme Court opens the door for prosecutors to seek President Trump's financial records; a backlash in Florida on school reopening plans.

2020Talks - July 10, 2020 


US Supreme Court rules on Trump's tax returns; Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP's in-person convention; Louisiana has elections; and DC council gives people incarcerated for felonies the right to vote.

Public News Service - MN: Livable Wages/Working Families

Tax experts say people who rush to file their taxes at the last minute run the risk of making a mistake and having their return rejected. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Taxpayers across the country got a reprieve earlier this year when the federal government and many states extended the tax-filing deadline because of the pandemic. But the new deadline is bearing down, and a Minnesota nonprofit worries about low-income filers. The Twin Cities-area g

In addition to safety violations, wage theft has been cited as a big problem in the construction trade for immigrant workers in Minnesota. Policy leaders have been more responsive to that issue in recent years. (Adobe Stock)

LAKEVILLE, Minn. -- The recent death of a construction worker in Minnesota has exposed a lack of safety oversight at job sites, according to a regional union. Union officials say immigrant laborers are being exploited by contractors who are not prioritizing training. Last week, a 26-year-old man

The original Civilian Conservation Corps helped with projects such as the one at the Mississippi River headwaters in Minnesota. Supporters say reviving the CCC could put many unemployed people back to work. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jobless rates have soared in Minnesota and across the country as a result of the pandemic, and conservation groups say bringing back a public works program from the Great Depression might ease some of the economic pain in 2020 and beyond. The National Wildlife Federation says Con

Thousands of Minnesota state workers, including those responding to the COVID-19 crisis, say the state should honor pay raises that were agreed to last year. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Uncertainty looms over previously negotiated contracts for Minnesota state workers after the issue became a focal point at the end of the Legislative session. Employees on the front lines say the contracts, which include pay raises, should stay in place. The labor agreements wer

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,

In states like Minnesota, there is need for health care professionals to help fight COVID-19, but hospitals are losing out on other forms of revenue, which has led to staffing cuts. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Some hospital systems in Minnesota have issued layoffs and furloughs, citing revenue losses in the pandemic. Nurses are among those cut, and a key union says some of its members are limited in seeking other positions. Over the weekend, Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order ope

Around 60% of the country's 30,000 post offices are located in ZIP codes with one bank branch or none. Supporters of postal banking say that's why the idea would help many underserved Americans. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The combination of cash-flow problems for the U.S. Postal Service and the lack of access to financial services for many Americans is renewing calls for postal banking services. Supporters say the move could benefit a large number of Minnesotans struggling during the pandemic. Th

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

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