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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

ST. PAUL, Minn. - President Obama says the GOP victory in last week's Senate election in Massachusetts has thrown Washington into something of a frenzy, but he has pledged not to walk away from health care reform. Some are calling the election result a sign that health care reform is dead, or may n

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - In addition to the Fort Hood tragedy, which numbered a Minnesotan among the victims, there have also been a rash of other shootings across the country over the past several days, even here in Minnesota. Joan Peterson, president of Minnesota Million Mom March, says on average,

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Despite Minnesota's ranking as third in the nation in the percentage of people who have health insurance, a new survey indicates some disparities for kids in the state. The U.S. Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey looked closely at health insurance coverage for the f

Lyons, NE – Rural Minnesotans are among those not being well served by the nation's mental health system. A Center for Rural Affairs' (CFRA) study released today indicates that, while mental illnesses are at least as common in rural settings as they are in urban areas, there are fewer healthca

St. Paul, MN – Hundreds of pairs of combat boots are lined up in formation on the State Capitol Grounds in Minnesota today for the Republican National Convention. It's "Eyes Wide Open," an unusual display that has traveled the nation to show support for troops in Iraq. The 355 deceased militar

St. Peter, MN – Today's staff layoffs at the Minnesota Security Hospital and similar facilities may be just the beginning. Eliot Seide, spokesman for the state's largest public workers' union, AFSCME Council 5, says these job cutbacks are particularly critical because they heighten safety risk

St. Paul, MN – Are Minnesota hospital patients getting the best care available? Maybe not, according to a report to be released today. Carrie Mortrud with the Minnesota Nurses Associationsays it finds many healthcare facilities may not have enough qualified staff to meet patients' needs. "We

Minneapolis, MN – November is "National Adoption Month," and children's advocates are encouraging prospective parents to consider adopting one of the hundreds of Minnesota children in need of homes and families. Stephanie Regnier, who works with the "Special Needs Adoption Program" at Lutheran

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