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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

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Proposed budget cuts and a plan to redesign chemical abuse and mental health services in the state is a hot-button topic at the State Capitol this week. The Senate will unveil a new plan today in an attempt to preserve services for the mentally ill and disabled and save jobs. The

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

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