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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

Some Minnesota health care advocates are trying to remove the social stigmas surrounding mental illness through educational events as part of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mental illness may be affecting more Minnesotans than you think, as health professionals say about 224,000 people receive mental health services in the state. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it's being used as a time to remember that those who are seeking treatment

As legal issues present challenges for some low-income Minnesotans' health, new Medical Legal Partnerships have expanded their access in more rural parts of the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A one-year-old Medical Legal Partnership program has expanded this month to help more rural Minnesotans access legal services in a health care setting. The partnership provides free legal advice for low-income patients to navigate certain issues that can have negative effec

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and Minnesota's Department of Human Services is urging loved ones to seek help for people facing addiction. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Whether it's the casino, bingo or scratch-off lottery tickets, the state estimates that thousands of Minnesotans struggle with gambling addiction. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and the state's Department of Human Services is urging gamblers' loved ones to seek help. B

AARP Minnesota says hundreds of Minnesotans are backing a push for hospitals to provide more training for caregivers when a loved one is released from the hospital. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A bill to provide family caregivers with extra training is earning some renewed support after it was left pending in the Minnesota House last year. According to AARP Minnesota, more than 500 people have signed letters urging House members to pass what's being called the CAR

The American Heart Association of Minnesota is encouraging people to wear red this Friday as a reminder that heart disease is a leading cause of death for women. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans are being encouraged to join a national push aimed at bringing awareness to women's heart health. Today is National Wear Red Day, and the American Heart Association is asking people to don the color to remind them heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in

A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons

HealthEast security officer Kyle McGinn and his co-workers want the hospital chain to boost security staffing. Credit: AFSCME Council 5.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Security officers at the HealthEast hospital chain say short staffing levels are putting everyone there at risk. Kyle McGinn, who works at Bethesda Hospital in St Paul, said there have been more than 30 violent assaults at that HealthEast facility in the last year - many from pati

The work being done by Minnesota's unpaid family caregivers is valued at nearly $8 billion a year. Credit: Fred Froese.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's still much to be done, but Minnesota is among a handful of states making progress to support the growing number of unpaid family caregivers. A new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute illustrates one recent change that's taking some of the burden off nearly 6

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