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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

PHOTO: With the Great Recession leading to unemployment, foreclosures and other financial difficulties, there was also an increase in the number of middle-aged and older adults in the U.S. who took their own lives. Photo credit: Victor/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's been a significant increase in suicides among middle-aged and older adults, and it appears a portion of the rise can be attributed to the Great Recession. A new study shows that suicide rates in the U.S. for those aged 40 to 64 rose sharply from 2007 to 2010, and ex

PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota authored the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, with a goal of reducing the suicide rate among U.S. military veterans. Photo courtesy of Rep. Walz office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Senate is expected to approve legislation this afternoon that seeks to prevent suicide among military veterans through early intervention, expanded treatment and peer support. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act has already won unanimous appr

PHOTO: The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is set for this evening, honoring people in the state who died this year while homeless. Photo credit: Simpson Housing Services.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - As Minnesota prepares to enter a new year, those who died in the state over the past 12 months while homeless are being remembered tonight. The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is organized by Simpson Housing Services. While it will be held in Minneapo

PHOTO: A dozen groups statewide are sharing in $900,000 in grant money, as Minnesota continues its efforts to recognize that children who are sexually exploited are victims and survivors, not criminals. Photo credit: Bailey Weaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is taking another step in helping youths break free from sexual exploitation, and in helping them reclaim their lives. The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $900,000 dollars to 13 organizations across the state to help girls and boys escape from trafficking and

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

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