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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - MN: Rural/Farming

Pork processing is big business in Minnesota, which ranks second in the United States for the number of pigs raised in the state, according to the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. (Matthias Zomer/Stocksnap)

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MINNEAPOLIS – Several labor unions filed a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis this week over controversial U.S. Department of Agriculture rule changes for regulating pork processing plants. The plaintiffs say a key concern is a provision that removes maximum line speeds when bringing hogs to slau

The global food system could be the cause of more than a third of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. (Steve/Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – As climate change takes center stage, a Minnesota-based think tank, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, says we should take a hard look at how our food system is driving the crisis. According to a report last year from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel

A change in SNAP benefits proposed by the Trump administration would penalize households with savings as minimal as $2,250. (mnhungerinitiative.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesotans fighting hunger say a proposed rule change for those needing help to put food on the table this winter will have drastic consequences. The Trump administration's effort to tighten eligibility requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, f

The rusty patched bumblebee, Minnesota's new official state bee, has lost 90% of its historical range and experienced a dramatic population decline. (Paloma Ayala/Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – One out of every three bites of food you eat is dependent on pollinators doing their jobs – and threats to those pollinators are at an all-time high. About 400 native pollinator species live in Minnesota, including the rusty patched bumblebee, recently named the offi

Minnesota farmers are concerned about the impact the NAFTA replacement deal could have on them. (Brian Jeffery Beggerly/Flickr)

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MINNEAPOLIS – A standoff continues over the U.S. trade deal with Canada and Mexico designed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Although President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement late last year, the accord still needs approval from Congress. Ka

The northern Minnesota town of Cook has avoided becoming a food desert, defined as a part of the country without fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods. (americannutritionassociation.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sometimes a walk-in freezer is all it takes to prevent a so-called food desert. But renewed funding for a Minnesota program that creates those success stories is in jeopardy. The Country Store in Cook was the recipient of a grant from the Good Food Access program this year

The death rate from stroke in the United States is more than one third higher in some communities of color than among the white population. (Gerd Altmann/Pixabay)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The American Heart Association is launching Minnesota's first blood pressure kiosk aimed specifically at health disparities for underserved communities. The kiosk will be at the Horizons Unlimited food shelf at the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis for the next three y

One owner of a small grocery in rural Minnesota says he's seeing increased demand for healthy, ready-to-eat deli food - and a lot of grateful customers. (Chelsea Ouellet/Pixabay)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Supporters of small-town Minnesota grocery stores are hoping for new funding to continue the Good Food Access program. They say the state grants help bring quality nutrition to areas that would otherwise be "food deserts," and that helps rural communities. Corey Christianso

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