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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

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

PHOTO: Minnesota's 380,000 military veterans are being honored on this Veterans Day, but making sure vets in the state have the support they need is happening every week of the year. Photo credit: Cliff 1066

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Many veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are finding the move back into civilian life can present barriers, but there is help and it's year-round, not just on Veterans Day. According to Barb O'Reilly, director of women veterans and employment programs at the Minnesota De

PHOTO: Many older workers who lost their jobs and health insurance over the recession are expected to be among those signing up when Minnesota's new marketplace opens on October 1st. CREDIT: DIAC Images

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The opening of Minnesota's new health insurance marketplace is now just a couple weeks away, and one segment expected to benefit most is older workers who are not yet eligible for Medicare. According to Seth Boffeli, communications director for AARP of Minnesota, after this last

PHOTO: Around a quarter-million Minnesotans are expected to be eligible for tax subsidies to help cover all or some of the cost of insurance under health-care reform. CREDIT: Aaron Traffas

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's new health-insurance marketplace opens in just a few weeks, and a new effort is under way to make sure low-income families statewide understand the program and get signed up. One group taking part in the campaign is Western Community Action in Marshall, whose developmen

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health is urging folks to take action when a friend, family or neighbor hints that they want to harm themselves. The suicide rate in Minnesota has reached its highest point since the early 1990s. Photo credit: epSos.de

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The suicide rate in Minnesota has reached its highest point in a decade. According to Melissa Heinen, suicide prevention specialist with the Minnesota Department of Health, nearly 700 people in the state took their own lives in 2011, up 13 percent from the year before. "In Minneso

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