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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

Minnesota health officials say in early May, an average of 23 long-term care facilities were reporting a new coronavirus per day. That average has now fallen to six per day. (Adobe Stock)

DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota officials say COVID-19 case numbers for the state's long-term care facilities are trending downward. And senior advocates worry about the mental well-being of patients after months of increased isolation. At one point in the spring, nursing homes accounted for roughly 80

A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says men have on obesity rate that's 12% higher than women. Health experts say it's one of the many reasons why men should stop ignoring health issues. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- American men have a long history of putting off health checkups. And as Father's Day draws closer, medical experts in Minnesota say it's time for men to be proactive in protecting their health, especially during stressful times. Health risks from COVID-19 and the worldwide pro

In addition to calls for dismantling its current structure, the Minneapolis Police Department is the subject of a civil rights investigation following the death of George Floyd. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A majority of the Minneapolis City Council recently vowed to dismantle the city's police department amid the civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd. While that process is still under consideration, an expert warns that such efforts require diligent oversight. Calls are growin

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

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

A new online effort being led by a Minneapolis nonprofit aims to connect people feeling a lack of human connection during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - Not everyone can huddle up safely in their homes during the pandemic. Many Minnesotans are on the front lines or lack community support - but a new initiative aims to give them a voice. Virtual chats called "Weather Together" are being spearheaded by Marnita Schroedl - CEO of Marnita

State education officials say the number of special education students in Minnesota gradually has increased over the years. The number now stands at roughly 150,000. (Adobe Stock)

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Teachers across Minnesota, including special education teachers, are overcoming obstacles to carry out distance learning during the global health crisis. But longstanding federal funding shortages present challenges for the current situation, as well as the future, educators

In Minnesota, only a some teachers are required to receive suicide-prevention training. But a bill in the Legislature would expand that requirement to all teachers. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers, educators and industry experts are demanding a more robust support system for students struggling with mental health issues. A proposed bill in the state Legislature would expand the number of teachers who receive suicide-prevention training when they need to

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