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PNS Daily Newscast - November 14, 2019 


New evidence arises from the first impeachment hearing; one in four federal student loan borrowers defaults early on; and growing proof that vaping isn't the healthy alternative it was thought to be.

2020Talks - November 14, 2019 


It's World Diabetes Day, and health care, including the high cost of insulin and other drugs, is a top issue for many voters. Plus, do early states like Iowa and New Hampshire have an outsized role in the nomination process?

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PHOTO: Under Minnesota's medical marijuana bill, patients will not be able to get the plant or its leaves, but could obtain medicinal marijuana in liquid or pill form. Photo credit: Mark/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The 2014 Legislature ended with a flurry over the weekend and among the bills passed that now await the governor's signature is one to legalize medicinal marijuana use. Minnesota will become the 22nd state to allow it, although the measure is one of the most restrictive in the nati

PHOTO: The Legislature has passed a bill to bring new standards to the treatment and care of pregnant and postpartum inmates, with a goal of healthy babies despite the circumstances. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Following unanimous approval in both the Minnesota House and Senate, what will be the first state law to consider the unique needs of pregnant inmates now just awaits the signature of Gov. Mark Dayton. The legislation seeks to ensure that these incarcerated women are safe and healt

PHOTO: It's estimated that for school aged children, screen time is second to only one other activity: sleeping. Photo credit: Neeta Lind/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the time that kids spend with television, video games, apps and computers continues to grow, they're being encouraged to take the next seven days to unplug. Sara Adelmann, screen time project manager, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, says this is Screen-Free Week, the g

PHOTO: It was on this day in 1994 that the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act took effect. Photo credit: Josh Berglund

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a landmark 20th anniversary today for those across the state and nation who are working to prevent gun violence. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act took effect on this day in 1994, requiring background checks on firearms purchased from a federally licensed dealer. Hea

PHOTO: Efforts to address bullying in Minnesota schools and workplaces are expected to garner much debate as the gavel drops Tuesday for the opening of the 2014 Legislative Session. Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers return to St. Paul on Tuesday for the start of the 2014 session, where there will be another push to address bullying both in schools and in workplaces. For schools, the current law in Minnesota aimed at bullying prevention is just 37 words. According to State S

PHOTO: Minnesotans who are looking to make a difference in the new year are being encouraged to consider becoming a mentor for an at-risk child. Photo Courtesy of GMCC

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Those Minnesotans who have resolved to do what they can to make the world a better place in 2014 are being encouraged to consider becoming mentors to young people. According to Gennea Falconer, director of Kinship of Greater Minneapolis, they currently have around 200 youths in o

PHOTO: In Minnesota, there are nearly 700 people who take their own lives annually, about half with firearms. CREDIT: MilitaryHealth

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The stress, anxiety and lack of sun that comes every year at this time in Minnesota can drag a lot of people down, but the number who take their own lives actually is the lowest in November and December. Dan Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Educa

PHOTO: Entering kindergarten

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The goal is to have all children ready to learn when they reach kindergarten, and a program in Central Minnesota is focused on making sure the same opportunities for success are available for children of immigrants and refugees. According to Jane Ellison, who manages the Access

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